Help Requested: Mouth/Gums/Teeth Problems

freespirit3 Member Posts: 2
edited March 2014 in Breast Cancer #1
My friend is experiencing "dry mouth/achy gums/sensitive teeth" supposedly due to chemo-induced menopause. She's using all the biotene (dry mouth products,toothpaste, gel, spray/gum) and started Salagen (pilocarpine) 5mg 3x/day. Any other suggestions?
Your help will be greatly appreciated.


  • Sullivan
    Sullivan Member Posts: 19
    I get terrible dry mouth! I have cough drops (sugar free ones are good) with me all the time or gum that really helps during the day havent found nothing for at night tho. H20 is the best remedy for anything...hope this helps pattie
  • inkblot
    inkblot Member Posts: 698 Member
    Your friend could try making a mouthwash using plain baking soda and water. It's a good moisturizer and really helped me. Just stir really well as it can feel a bit "gritty" in the mouth.

    Also she can whip up a lemon/water spritz/rinse. Just use the juice of half a lemon and add about 3 ounces of water. Gargle well. Or put it into a spray bottle and keep refrigerated and spritz the inside of the mouth and back of the throat as needed.

    There's an array of rx mouth rinses she can get from her dentist to help with the teeth sensitivity, as well as trying plain old OTC Sensodyne toothpaste.

    If she's a mouth breather, while sleeping, then that makes it all worse. She could try using the
    Breathe Right brand of nasal strips at bedtime to help keep her nasal passages open in an effort to help her breathe through her nose during sleep.

    Hope she finds some relief soon.

    Love, light and laughter,
  • hounddog
    hounddog Member Posts: 115
    They make a tooth paste for sentive teeth and if she has sores in her mouth rinse with 1 teaspoon of baking soda and 1 teaspoon of salt in a glass of warm water.