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Problems with saliva after 60% tongue removal and RT
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I had 60% of my tongue removed and a 'patch' from my right leg to replace it in November 2012 plus both sides of my neck Re sected, followed by 6 weeks radiotherapy in Jan/Feb 2013. I have obviously changed to a very soft diet and now don't speak quite as I did before. My salivary glands were damaged by the radiotherapy and now I have either a very dry mouth - feels as though all the moisture has been sucked out - or a mouth flooded with saliva! Help! Does this improve with time???
 
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Hello Dave

The dry mouth improves slightly with time. Meanwhile be aware of the risk of tooth decay owing to the loss of the protective action of saliva and take precautions against this. You will find advice regarding managing the dry mouth in these past posts.

Hope that helps.

Best wishes

Vinod


Disclaimer: Please see your own dentist/doctor for a proper diagnosis as my words should not, in any circumstances, be taken as dental/medical advice.

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