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Multiple Myeloma Side Effect- Xerostomia aka Dry Mouth Therapy

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“Xerostomia can lead to speech and eating difficulties, halitosis (bad breath), an increase in the number of dental cavities (saliva helps prevent tooth decay), and infections in the mouth, such as thrush…”

I was first diagnosed with multiple myeloma in ’94. To remove a lesion, I underwent local surgery and radiation therapy to my fifth cervical vertebra, about three inches below my chin. At the time I had no idea that the radiation would damage my salivary glands  causing a long-term multiple myeloma side effect that I would spend the next 25 plus years struggling with dry mouth.

For the record, my case is manageable. I have read about cases that are much more serious than mine. Serious radiation-induced dry mouth can cause your gums to recede and your teeth to fall out.

According to the article linked and excerpted below, dry mouth is a common side effect of many medicines.

Whether or not you are a multiple myeloma survivor, if you think you have dry mouth aka xerostomia, my suggestion is to chew all natural, sugarless, xylitol-based, Spry chewing gum occasionally throughout your day.

Yes, you should see a doctor, and yes, you may want to undergo more serious, long-term therapies to health this long-term multiple myeloma side effect. But chewing all natural gum is a healthy and functional fix that is at least a temporary cure give you time to figure out a long-term plan.

If you simply buy a pack of gum at the store you may run out in a few days. By buying the Spry ‘Five Flavors’ Xylitol Gum Pack, you will save yourself money and fix the problem, at least in the short term.

Put one flavor/jar in the kitchen junk drawer, one flavor in your car, one flavor upstairs, one downstairs and even one at your workplace. You will always be dry-mouth-ready.

I think that six months of acupuncture has moderated my multiple myeloma side effect, dry mouth, to where I am able to manage it pretty well.

I am both a MM survivor and MM cancer coach. For more information about managing the collateral damage, multiple myeloma side effects, scroll down the page, post a question or comment and I will reply ASAP.

Thank you,

David Emerson

  • MM Survivor
  • MM Coach
  • Director PeopleBeatingCancer

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What is dry mouth (xerostomia)? What causes dry mouth?

“Xerostomia can lead to speech and eating difficulties, halitosis (bad breath), an increase in the number of dental cavities (saliva helps prevent tooth decay), and infections in the mouth, such as thrush. An individual with xerostomia typically finds it harder to enjoy food.

Xerostomia is a common problem. It is frequently a side effect of medication, which may improve with a new prescription or an adjustment of dosage…

Some patients may think dry mouth is a normal part of aging – it is not. It is, however, more commonly found among the elderly. Experts say the main reason is that elderly people take more medications compared to the rest of the population, and some of these medications cause xerostomia…

Xerostomia may be a symptom of a serious systemic disease, such as systemic lupus erythematosus, rheumatoid arthritisscleroderma, sarcoidosis, amyloidosis, Sjogren’s syndrome and hypothyroidism. A systemic disease is one that affects the entire body…

  • What are the signs and symptoms of Xerostomia (dry mouth)?
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  • What are the treatment options for xerostomia (dry mouth)?
  • Diagnosing xerostomia (dry mouth)

“Xlear Spry ‘Five Flavors’ Xylitol Gum Pack – ALL FLAVORS!!!

  • All Natural – No Gmo’s and Promotes Dental Health!!
  • Sugarless & No Aftertaste!!!
  • Safe for Diabetics & Hypoglycemics!!!
  • Spearmint, Fresh Fruit, Peppermint, Greentea & Cinnamon”

Dry mouth treatment: Tips for controlling dry mouth

“To relieve your dry mouth:

  • Chew sugar-free gum or suck on sugar-free hard candies to stimulate the flow of saliva. For some people, xylitol, which is often found in sugar-free gum or sugar-free candies, may cause diarrhea or cramps if consumed in large amounts.
  • Limit your caffeine intake because caffeine can make your mouth drier.
  • Don’t use mouthwashes that contain alcohol because they can be drying.
  • Stop all tobacco use if you smoke or chew tobacco.
  • Sip water regularly.
  • Try over-the-counter saliva substitutes — look for products containing xylitol, such as Mouth Kote or Oasis Moisturizing Mouth Spray, or ones containing carboxymethylcellulose (kahr-bok-see-meth-ul-SEL-u-lohs) or hydroxyethyl cellulose (hi-drok-see-ETH-ul SEL-u-lohs), such as Biotene Oral Balance.
  • Try a mouthwash designed for dry mouth — especially one that contains xylitol, such as Biotene Dry Mouth Oral Rinse or ACT Total Care Dry Mouth Mouthwash, which also offers protection against tooth decay.
  • Avoid using over-the-counter antihistamines and decongestants because they can make your symptoms worse.
  • Breathe through your nose, not your mouth.
  • Add moisture to the air at night with a room humidifier.

Saliva is important to maintain the health of your teeth and mouth. If you frequently have a dry mouth, taking these steps to protect your oral health may also help your condition:

  • Avoid sugary or acidic foods and drinks because they increase your risk of tooth decay.
  • Brush with a fluoride toothpaste — ask your dentist if you might benefit from prescription fluoride toothpaste.
  • Use a fluoride rinse or brush-on fluoride gel before bedtime. Occasionally a custom-fit fluoride applicator (made by your dentist) can make this more effective.
  • Visit your dentist at least twice yearly to detect and treat tooth decay or other dental problems.

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