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Mouth Ulcers from Cancer Treatment
Instructions for Patients
©2011 SQUIGLE, Inc. -- last revision Nov 13, 2011

These instructions are provided as a guide to patients who have been diagnosed by a physician or dentist. These Instructions have been created after hundreds of hours of discussions with patients and dentists. They are not meant to be rigid and unchanging. Of course, we hope they work for you. But if they don't, please contact SQUIGLE, Inc. toll-free at 1-877-718-0718 (9 am to 5 pm, EST).

This is crucial: Use either SQUIGLE® Toothpaste or TOOTH BUILDER® Toothpaste exclusively. Patented SQUIGLE® and TOOTH BUILDER® are free of SLS (sodium lauryl sulfate) and other irritating ingredients. SQUIGLE®'s flavor is mild to prevent irritation of delicate tissues, while TOOTH BUILDER® is flavor free. Both SQUIGLE® and TOOTH BUILDER® have 36% Xylitol--more than any other toothpaste--to profoundly inhibit the growth of plaque. Plaque secretes irritating acids, which can trigger mouth ulcers.

Don't use mouthwash.

Floss at least once a day, before you brush. Use unwaxed floss. If your teeth are closely spaced, use Glide® floss. If your ulcers are too painful to use floss, use an oral irrigator.

No baking soda -- it may make matters worse.

No chewing gum, especially no cinnamon or spearmint.

Don't use candy or breath mints, especially cinnamon or spearmint.

Don't smoke or use tobacco in any form.

Take a good multivitamin + multimineral daily, after a meal. (Centrum® is OK). In addition, take 500 mg to 1000 mg of buffered vitamin C daily.

Supplements to also consider taking daily:
  • Vitamin D3: 2400 IU
  • Vitamin K2: 800 micrograms
  • Coenzyme Q10: 800 milligrams
Drink 6-8 glasses of water daily (not coffee, not tea, not softdrinks, etc).

Keep your oncologist informed of your condition, so that your chemotherapy or radiation therapy can be adjusted, if necessary. Numbing mouth rinses may be prescribed.

Get sufficient rest each night.