Modifications to your diet and use of anaesthetic mouth washes will help you overcome pain experienced during eating or upon swallowing.

  • Anaesthetic mouth washes can be helpful.  Discuss with your doctor.
  • Modify your food consistency - soft, moist, bland food may be better tolerated.
  • Try minced or vitamised foods, and add extra sauces, gravies to help swallowing.
  • Avoid irritants such as highly spiced and/or salty foods, hot food and drinks, acid foods & juices, rough foods e.g. nuts, seeds, grains, raw vegetables.
  • Avoid temperature extremes.  Hot or cold foods/drinks may aggravate the mouth.  Try foods and drinks at room temperature.
  • Drink nourishing fluids.