Surviving Cancer

Frequently Asked Questions

19. How can I cope with mouth and teeth problems?

The advice to help prevent and relieve mouth and teeth problems is the same for cancer survivors as for people who have not had cancer. Brush your teeth and gums after every meal and at bedtime, and floss your teeth daily. If you have dentures, clean them after every meal and have them checked to make sure they fit well.

Another tip is to avoid certain foods that may irritate your mouth. For example, crunchy foods like chips could scrape or cut your mouth. Foods that are spicy or high in acid, such as citrus fruits and juices, tobacco products, and alcoholic drinks also can bother your mouth.

Learn more about how to care for your mouth after treatment for cancer.