Religiously, I'm mixing a teaspoon of bread soda with tepid water and swishing it around and spitting it out each time I eat. Granted this is easier as I'm confined to hospital so I have a bathroom beside me. But I'll continue once I leave, whenever possible. Mind you, I won't be carrying a small bag of white powder around in my handbag that mightn't be the best plan...
I'm ensuring I use a softer tooth brush than usual to get rid of any food debris when I eat. I'd recommend buying a soft bristle brush if you haven't already. I know they don't often give as clean a feeling but while your mouth is delicate, it's worth the change over.
My next and most persistent problem has been with toothpaste. But joy of all joy, I've found a toothpaste that is actually gentle! Many are marketed as being so and they quite simply aren't. Normally I use Sensodyne, the original pink one. But it's quite difficult to find. I ran out (as I was planning on one night in hospital as opposed to 3 weeks!) and had to look for something else.
Anything with whitening agents are a no-no and most brands (even if they promise to be kind) have that delayed reaction thing. If you suffer with mouth sores you'll understand - you use a tiny amount, gingerly lift it to your mouth and begin to brush. As a lather forms out come the weapons. Yes! Thousands of tiny little swords that stab every pore from your inner cheeks to tip of your tongue. Some days the stabbing little blighters are so violent they make my eyes water as I try to control the dribble. Attractive - NOT.
So brushing my teeth can be added to the mundane and boring stuff that just isn't the same any longer. I bought three consecutive brands of toothpaste and each one contained hidden daggers in the ingredients.
I was about to sit on the floor, toddler style, and have a bit of a toothpaste induced tantrum but all was not lost!
Help was at hand all along and I just didn't know yet!
I found it! Toothpaste that is dagger free (cue the drum roll)...
This fab product is made by the folks at Kin. They do a range of mouth washes that I've used on and off over the years. I find those okay but not as effective as bread soda and water.
But this toothpaste is being placed in my hall of fame of things that don't hurt while on cancer treatment!
It doesn't froth up like ordinary toothpaste, so if you're looking for an all singing and dancing foam party in your mouth, you'll be sadly disappointed. Instead it's incredibly gentle and does the job marvellously. I replenish my brush with a second go of the toothpaste and do another "going-over" to make sure my mouth is clean, but that's not compulsory!
So there you have it!
Will this post change the world? Nah! But it might save one person from the horrible mouth hurting daggers. That's enough for me...
Love light and lip-smacking brightness to you on this fine Friday!
p.s. I got mine in a pharmacy and it cost €6.25 - not cheap I understand, but in my humble opinion, it's worth every cent.