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- Over-the-counter oral moisturizers and/or artificial saliva
- Discussing with your doctor if there’s a need to change medication or dosage
- Drinking more water. Carry a water bottle with you, and don’t wait until you’re thirsty to drink
- Chewing sugar-free gum or lozenges to stimulate saliva flow
- Using humidifier to help keep moisture in the air
- Avoiding foods and beverages that irritate dry mouths, like coffee, alcohol, soft drinks, and acidic fruit juices
- Application of fluoride gel or varnish to protect your teeth from cavities
According to the American Cancer Society, the most recent 2017 estimate for oral cavity and oropharyngeal cancers in the US is approximately 49,670. The average age of most people diagnosed with these cancers is 62, but it can also occur in young people. Your dentist will check for signs of oral cancers during your regular visits. Early stages of oral cancer typically do not cause pain, that’s why regular dental check-ups are important.
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Caring for a Disabled or Elderly Loved One
- Pay close attention to their diets
- Remind them to brush and floss their teeth regularly
- If they’re having difficulty with brushing and flossing, take them to a dentist or hygienist for professional tips or a different approach
- Make sure they get to their dental appointments