Many people who are seriously ill have problems with their mouth such as dryness, ulcers, infection, bleeding gums, too much saliva and altered taste. You will be more at risk of mouth problems if you are struggling to maintain good oral care.
A soft baby toothbrush is best if your mouth is sore and remember to use only a small amount of toothpaste. You can rinse your mouth with water, a saline solution (one teaspoon of salt in a pint of water) or a mouth wash. Do not use bicarbonate of soda or baking powder.
False teeth should be cleaned as usual.
You can relieve a dry mouth with ice cubes, frozen fruit, lemonade or tonic water. Tinned, unsweetened pineapple can cleanse the mouth and help with dryness.
If you have mouth pain, do tell your nurse, doctor or GP, who may be able to prescribe suitable medication.
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