Trench mouth can be extremely painful. To help care for yourself and cope during treatment:
April 09, 2013
- Avoid smoking or using other tobacco products
- Take pain medications as recommended
- Follow a liquid diet, if recommended, the first few days of treatment to minimize pain
- Avoid spicy or very hot foods, which can irritate your tender gums
- Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated
- Avoid drinking carbonated beverages or alcohol
- Keep all dental appointments
- Get plenty of rest to reduce physical and emotional stress
- Eat a healthy diet to improve nutrition
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