• Look

    Does the patient appear uncomfortable? Does the patient appear unwell? Difficulty talking? Licking lips to moisten often? Weight loss? Does the patient appear dehydrated? Does the patient have thrush?

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  • Recognize

    A history of mouth sores Does patient smoke? Concomitant medications associated with causing dry mouth? Reports of dry mouth often accompany mucositis Other reports of dry membranes (e.g., eyes, nasal passages, vagina)

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  • Listen

    Does the patient report? Mouth pain (tongue, gums, buccal mucosa) Mouth sores Difficulty eating Waking during the sleep to sip water Recent dental-related issues Need for dental work (e.g., root canal, tooth extraction) Have symptoms worsened?

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