Dry mouth

Having a dry mouth is called xerostomia and is caused by a decrease in the quality and quantity of saliva secreted, usually caused by drugs used in breast cancer treatment.


You can use water and baking soda, lemon, or chamomile to rinse your mouth. It is important to brush your teeth after meals.

Keep lips moisturised with lip balm.

Always carry a small bottle of water with you so that you can take small sips.

  • To help cool the mouth and hydrate at the same time during the day. You can also eat ice creams, homemade slushies or let homemade ice cubes or jellies made of fruit juices, mint or thyme teas melt in your mouth.
  • It is also important to make swallowing easy during meals. To help you swallow, prepare a diluted lemonade —a litre of water with the juice of a lemon— which, in addition to help swallowing can help you salivate a little more.

  • Eat pieces of acidic fruit in between meals such as pineapple or orange. Chew gum or sugar-free sweets.
  • Prepare both hot and cold dishes with acidic foods such as tomatoes, lemons, berries, and other fruits.
  • Add a squeeze of lemon juice to meals that allow it, such as grilled fish.

  • Incorporate foods with a high liquid content into meals, such as vegetable purées, soups, puddings, fruit smoothies, milkshakes, jelly, or yoghurts.
  • Eat rice and pasta that has been thoroughly cooked; fresh, soft, or creamy cheeses; low-fibre, well-cooked vegetables; most fish; omelettes and scrambled eggs; some tender meats, such as shredded chicken thigh, stewed meat, or even puddings or meat pies; ripe and soft fruits, cooked or in compote.
  • Add sauces to drier dishes, such as béchamel sauce, vinaigrettes, light mayonnaise, etc.
  • Avoid thick, sticky, dry, and fibrous foods, such as bread, some grilled meats, very thick mashed potatoes, etc.