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  • Treatment Locations

    Rhode Island Hospital  

    APC Building  

    Providence, RI 02903

    866-401-0002  

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    The Miriam Hospital  

    164 Summit Avenue  

    Providence, RI 02906

    866-401-0002  

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    Newport Hospital  

    11 Friendship St  

    Newport, RI 02840

    401-845-1646

  • Mouth Care

  • Chemotherapy affects the fast growing cells that line your mouth, lips and throat. You will be asked to check your mouth, lips, gums and tongue.

    What to do:

    • Please check your mouth, lips, gums, teeth and tongue daily for sores, white spots, ulcers, redness, swelling, tenderness, or for any difficulty with swallowing.

    • Avoid routine dental cleanings during chemotherapy. If you need emergency dental treatment, please discuss with your doctor or nurse before seeking dental care.

    • Try to notify your dentist two weeks prior to starting chemotherapy. Your dentist may want to do a dental exam and recommend toothpaste or a mouthwash for you to use.

    • Keep your mouth moist. Talk to your nurse about saliva substitutes.

    • Brush your teeth with a soft toothbrush. If you normally floss, floss gently. If spontaneous bleeding occurs stop flossing and call a nurse.

    • Do not use a mouthwash that has alcohol. Try using 1/8 teaspoon salt and/or 1/4 teaspoon baking soda in one cup of warm water after meals and at bedtime. If you have dentures or partials, remove them and clean separately.

    • If you wear dentures, please make sure they fit well and you inspect your gums. Do not use dentures if you experience any discomfort.

    • Apply lip moisturizer often.

     

    When to call your doctor or nurse:

    Please call if you have any difficulty swallowing or experience unusual symptoms. Your doctor may need to prescribe medications to treat or prevent mouth infection.