Treatment for dry mouth from cancer?


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Treatment for dry mouth from cancer?


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Dry mouth can be caused by the side effects of many medications that older people take and also from the radiation treatment for head and neck cancer. The radiation knocks out the salivary glands.
Dry mouth makes eating less pleasant and speech more difficult and it can jeopardize oral health if it is persistent.
Dry mouth from cancer can be treated just by sipping water or by taking sour foods. There are also various lozenges that can be taken to stimulate the salivary glands.
There are also artificial salivas that contain saliva-like lubricants which can be bought and used without a prescription for the treatment.

Source: Harvard