Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Chemotherapy and mouth care

Cancer helps you meet the nicest people in the world.  It's true! Case in point - within 3 days of sharing my cancer diagnosis with the mother of one of my 7 year old's buddies, I was receiving a gift from her mother. Tucked in a bag were a a bottle of Oxyfresh Zinc Mouth Rinse, a note of encouragement and an email address. Pat is a retired nurse who has been through the cancer story herself and she has been the source of great, practical advice. First piece, look after your mouth. Chemotherapy often leads to mouthsores. Invest in a soft bristle toothbrush and be gentle with your gums. And, consider adding a good, gentle mouth wash to your routine. I used this Oxyfresh mouth rinse everyday, morning and night. Results? Not one sore.

Oxyfresh can be hard to find. Here in Canada, it is carried by some dental practices. Or, you can purchase it online through their website.

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