Frequently Asked Questions
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What is Chemo Mouthpiece™?
To put it simply, Chemo Mouthpiece is an ice pack for inside the mouth. It’s an oral cryotherapy device designed for cancer patients to use during treatment as a proactive approach for oral mucositis. It is a safe and effective cold therapy method that helps to keep the oral mucositis causing treatment drugs out of the mouth by narrowing the blood vessels (vasoconstriction).
What is Ice Cold Mouthpiece?
Ice Cold Mouthpiece is just our old name! We had a brand name change recently so you may see some images on the website with ‘Ice Cold Mouthpiece’ branding. The products are the same and if you receive items with ‘Ice Cold Mouthpiece’ branding, you can be assured they are the same quality and same exact products as Chemo Mouthpiece.
What is the mouthpiece made of?
Chemo Mouthpiece is made of FDA medical grade silicone, FDA approved plastic (breathing tubes), water and salt and is 100% non-toxic!
What is intraoral cryotherapy?
Intraoral cryotherapy is a type of cold therapy using forms of ice, ice chips, ice water, ice pops, etc. to treat the oral cavity (inside the mouth). It’s a proven prevention method for oral mucositis!
What is oral mucositis?
Oral mucositis is a common side effect of cancer treatment that can result in redness, swelling, and painful mouth sores. It is a significant health issue for cancer patients going through treatment and is cited as the most troubling side effect by more than 40% of patients. It can lead to further health complications that can have a negative effect on their treatment plan.
Symptoms from OM can make it extremely difficult for patients to eat, drink, swallow, speak or even sleep normally. It can cause breaks in treatment, infections, significant weight loss and can be a large financial burden as well.
Who is susceptible to mouth sores?
40% of all cancer patients going through chemotherapy treatment are susceptible to this terrible side effect and up to 80% of those patients receiving high dose chemotherapy are at risk of oral mucositis.
Why does chemotherapy cause mouth sores?
According to the Mayo Clinic Staff, “Chemotherapy and radiation — alone or combined — can cause mouth sores. That’s because these cancer treatments are intended to kill rapidly growing cells, such as cancer cells. Some healthy cells in your body also divide and grow rapidly, including the cells that line the inside of your mouth. Unfortunately, these healthy cells are also damaged by chemotherapy and radiation. Damage to the cells in your mouth makes it difficult for your mouth to heal itself and to fend off germs, leading to sores and infections. Both chemotherapy and radiation can impair your body’s germ-fighting system (immune system). With an impaired immune system, viruses, bacteria and fungi can more easily infect your mouth, causing mouth sores or making mouth sores worse.”
How do I purchase Chemo Mouthpiece™?
Purchasing is easy, available right on our website! Click on the ORDER CHEMO MOUTHPIECE button. If you need further assistance or would like to place an order by phone, please reach out to our customer service team and they’ll be more than happy to help.
Is Chemo Mouthpiece™ safe?
Yes! Chemo Mouthpiece was engineered by a cancer patient with fellow patients in mind. It’s simple makeup of FDA medical grade silicone/plastic, water and salt assure patients it’s a safe and effective non-toxic device.
Remember to follow proper care instructions to keep the device clean!
Is Chemo Mouthpiece™ more effective than ice chips?
Oral cryotherapy is a proven prevention method for oral mucositis because it constricts the blood vessels limiting the dose of toxic drugs that reach the oral cavity. The best way for oral cryotherapy to be successful is by covering as much surface area as possible, which Chemo Mouthpiece does.
With ice chips, the oral cavity isn’t cooled entirely as they tend to only cool the lower portion of the mouth so unless your mouth is completely filled to the brim with ice, they are less effective. It’s difficult to get the ice all over the mouth but Chemo Mouthpiece™ cools the entire oral cavity, including gums, tongue, and palate, which is better for prevention.
Intraoral scanning has proven this, seen here. It also cools the oral cavity to a much lower temperature than ice can!
Ice chips aren’t always tolerated by those with sensitive teeth but Chemo Mouthpiece™ can be used by those patients who have a sensitivity to cold or ice!
Ice chips can also cause nausea and constantly have to be refilled in the mouth. Chemo Mouthpiece™ fits comfortably in the mouth, covering the palate and stays cold for 30+ minutes!
Can I use the mouthpiece more than once?
Yes, the device is intended to be used during the course of your treatment. If properly stored and cleaned, the device should last up to one year.
Can I use Chemo Mouthpiece™ if I have sensitive teeth?
Of course! That is one of the benefits of Chemo Mouthpiece™ when compared to other forms of oral cryotherapy, it can be tolerated by those with sensitive teeth since the outer chamber is made of FDA-approved silicone (the part that touches the teeth) isn’t frozen solid.
When do I use the mouthpiece?
Use Chemo Mouthpiece anytime you are advised to use ice chips or other forms of oral cryotherapy. It’s best to consult with your oncology nurse or oncologist about appropriate times to use during treatment, but typically it’s been advised to use 5 minutes prior to treatment during the infusion of the half-life drugs that cause oral mucositis and 5 minutes after. It’s also been advised to use periodically at home as well to help with swelling or any other pain inside the mouth.
Consult with your health care professional for further assistance regarding usage times.
How long does the mouthpiece stay frozen for?
The inner chamber of the unit will stay frozen for 30+ minutes. If traveling with the unit in the provided insulated cooler, it can stay frozen for up to 8 hours! This allows patients to travel to and from treatment with a ready to go unit.
What does the Patient Kit come with?
A patient kit comes with 2 Chemo Mouthpieces, 1 insulated cooler, 1 insulated cooler carrying bag, 2 insulated sleeves, 2 cleaning brushes, and 2 ice packs.
How much does the mouthpiece weigh?
Each unit weighs less than 1 lb.!
How do I clean my mouthpiece?
Cleaning is easy! After use, clean with hot water and soap as directed, don’t forget to use the provided cleaning brush to clean the breathing tubes! The unit can also be cleaned with denture cleanser as well.
Do not boil or put your mouthpiece in the dishwasher.
How do I breathe while using the mouthpiece?
While using Chemo Mouthpiece, you can, of course, breathe out of your nose, but part of its advanced design is that you can breathe normally through the breathing tubes. The 2 breathing tubes run through the unit allowing for easy breathing through the mouth.
Can I bring the mouthpiece on an airplane?
Of course! Here at Chemo Mouthpiece, we have traveled both domestically and internationally and have not had any trouble with them in our checked luggage.
An additional suggestion would be to keep the Chemo Mouthpiece devices in their sealed plastic bags and place them in a larger clear plastic bag and label it “Medical Devices.” You could also keep the ‘Instructions For Use’ paperwork next to the units, further illustrating their medical purpose.
This may be an over-abundance of caution because those packages are already labeled and coded as Chemo Mouthpiece, which is an FDA-registered medical device.