- Drink liquids through a straw.
- Cook coarse or hard foods, such as vegetables, until they are soft and tender.
- Soften or moisten foods by dipping them in gravies or cream sauces.
- Sip a beverage when swallowing solid food.
- Eat small meals more often instead of one large meal.
- Rinse your mouth with water while eating (or use water, peroxide, or Biotene afterwards).
• Remove food and bacteria to promote healing.
Having oral lesions can present many challenges including; pain manage- ment, oral hygiene, nu- tritional intake, and your overall health. Speak with your doctor about ways to help relieve the pain. Also make sure they monitor your blood sugar levels if you are taking systemic steroids. Don’t for- get to inform your dentist of your condition and ask them to use caution when treating you. If you have difficulty swallowing, or find yourself frequently choking on food, talk to your doctor. You may want to ask to be seen by an ENT to help deter- mine the extent of your disease activity. With pemphigus and pemphigoid, the mouth is one of the most difficult areas to treat and requires due diligence. Changing your behavior and habits can be the biggest “pain” but will eventually pay off. If you need help, encouragement, or suggestions… just “Ask a Coach!”