A PROACTIVE APPROACH TO COMBAT ORAL MUCOSITIS
To put it simply, Chemo Mouthpiece is an ice pack for inside the mouth. The device is made of three components: water, salt and medical grade silicone.
Its innovative design has two chambers: an inner chamber filled with pure water and an outer chamber filled with salt water. When the Chemo Mouthpiece is put in a standard freezer, the inner pure water chamber will freeze solid, but the outer salt water chamber will not. The outer salt water chamber stays ice cold, which allows the mouthpiece to cool a patient’s oral cavity.
Chemotherapy and radiation can cause oral mucositis and ice chips are commonly used as a preventative method. Chemo Mouthpiece is a more efficient option than ice as it cools the whole oral cavity, not just the bottom half.
Oral cryotherapy used during treatment reduces blood flow by narrowing the blood vessels, called vasoconstriction, which limits the amount of drugs delivered to the oral cavity tissues. Stopping the toxic drugs from reaching the gums and mouth may help with oral mucositis.
There are large bodies of data supporting the use of oral cryotherapy with many citing a notable reduction in the severity of oral mucositis. Some of the most respected organizations have made recommendations based on this data.
A few of these very well known groups endorsing the use of oral cryotherapy when treated with mucotoxic agents are: Oncology Nursing Society (ONS), National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) and Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer (MASCC).
Intraoral scanning has shown Chemo Mouthpiece will cool the gums, tongue and palate (entire oral cavity) uniformly, which is best for total prevention
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