Dry mouth is a common side effect of cancer treatment. If you have a dry mouth, food may also taste bland or be tasteless. Watch our 'dry mouth' and 'taste changes' videos for some tips on how to manage dry mouth and to improve the taste of your meals.
Key strategies to assist with dry mouth:
- Sip fluids during the day and with meals.
- Try sucking ice chips. Avoid alcohol, alcohol products (like mouthwash) and caffeine, as these may be drying to the mouth.
- Chew sugar-free gum or lozenges to help stimulate saliva production.
- Add moisture to meals (turn overleaf).
- Discuss with your treating team if you have a dry mouth
- Use mouth wash before and after meals.
- Sip fluid regularly across the day.
- Try drinking sparkling water or dark grape juice.
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Tips to make it easier to eat with a dry mouth
|Drier Foods ||Tips to add moisture |
|Biscuits ||Soften in warms drinks e.g. tea, hot chocolate|
Use extra butter/margarine or avocado
Soften in soups
Soak the bread in egg and milk and cook/fry
Cover cereal with additional milk to soften
Soak cereal overnight in milk, juice or yoghurt in the fridge
|Cakes, slices, crumbly foods ||Add yoghurt, custard, cream or ice-cream |
|Meats, chicken, fish |
Try slow cooked meat, flaky fish, or minced meat dishes e.g. Shepherd's pie
Add extra gravy or sauce
Try meat alternatives e.g. scrambled egg, baked beans
Try diced fruit in juice
Serve with yoghurt, custard, cream or ice-cream
Add a sauce e.g. cheese sauce
Add to soups or stews
|Cheese ||Try melting cheese through foods like mashed potato|