It has been scientifically proven that the mouth cells are one of the first to be damaged by cancer treatments. This results in a dry or metallic taste that permeates through the mouth and throat, affecting taste and smell. Dry mouth occurs when any of the six major or several minor salivary glands do not work properly. While saliva is produced all of the time, most of it is produced in the late afternoon, so dry mouth can make it difficult to sleep at night.
Saliva is needed for talking, tasting and digesting food, as well as preventing the buildup of bad-breathing and infection-causing bacteria. Silvia protects your teeth, making chewing and swallowing possible. Dry mouth also causes the tongue, the gums and the soft tissues in the mouth to swell. This dryness and swelling can lead to a burning sensation and, for some, pain. Over time, a dry mouth can lead to cracks in the corners of the mouth and in the lips.
When experiencing dry mouth, you need to carry a bottle of water and sip as much as possible to keep your mouth hydrated. Eating certain foods, such as fresh fruit and vegetables, or sucking on sugar-free hard candy may help. Relaxing with deep breathing and mind-body techniques while using this Tai Chi or Chi Kung trick can help: try placing the tongue on the roof of your mouth. If this is possible for you, it will increase the moisture in your mouth and closes an energetic circuit between the Conception and Governing Vessels.