An Ice Pack for Inside the Mouth to Combat Oral Mucositis
Chemo Mouthpiece is essentially an ice pack for inside your mouth, but unlike ice chips or popsicles, it cools the oral cavity uniformly. It’s also tolerable for those with sensitive teeth. Avoid debilitating complications and save thousands on unnecessary procedures with this one easy-to-use device.
Each Kit Contains
- 2 Chemo Mouthpieces
- 2 Insulated Sleeves
- 2 Cleaning Brushes
- 1 Insulated Stainless Steel Cooler
- 1 Cooler Carrying Bag
- 2 Ice Pack
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- Features & Benefits
- Reduces Pain and Inflammation
- A Drug-Free Solution
- Single Patient, Multi-Use
- Tolerable by Those with Sensitive Teeth
- One Size Fits Most Adults and Some Children
- Made of FDA Medical Grade Silicone, Water, and a Proprietary Saline Solution
- 92% of customers who used the Chemo Mouthpiece responded they would recommend the mouthpiece
- How Chemo Mouthpiece Works
Chemo Mouthpiece builds upon an existing type of treatment – cryotherapy – which uses cold temperatures to alter the body’s condition. It’s the same technique that brought ice chips and popsicles to hospitals and infusion centres: applying near-freezing temperatures to the tissues of the mouth forces the blood vessels in those tissues to shrink, reducing circulation and allowing less of the chemotherapy drugs to reach the mouth.
This phenomenon, called vasoconstriction, has proven effective at restricting toxic drugs’ access to vulnerable, healthy tissues in the oral cavity. The ice chips handed out by doctors and nurses work on this principle, but their effects are inconsistent. They also cause nausea and are intolerable for those with sensitive teeth.
Because the ice chips sit on the bottom of the mouth, with little to no contact with the upper palate or cheeks, they are only partially effective; ice pops suffer from a similar issue, and mouthwashes can only treat the symptoms once they appear, offering little in terms of preventative care.
Enter Chemo Mouthpiece. Essentially, this device acts as an ice pack for your mouth – unlike ice chips or popsicles, however, it uniformly cools the entire oral cavity. This important distinction makes it uniquely suited to mitigate the symptoms of oral mucositis. Simply use the device while receiving an infusion of chemotherapy medication to cool the entire oral cavity and stem the flow of harmful chemicals into the area.
Thermographic scans of patients using the mouthpiece have shown average temperature changes of 31.3°F over the course of 30 minutes.
It may not be as well-known as some of chemo’s side effects – hair loss or nausea, for example – but oral mucositis is easily one of the most debilitating conditions to afflict chemo patients. As many as 40% of those undergoing chemotherapy will see some form of mucositis, though the odds can be much higher for those receiving treatment to the head, neck, or chest; for patients going through high-dose chemo, the chances of developing oral mucositis are close to 80%*.
The true burden of mucositis comes from its ability to affect all aspects of a patient’s recovery. Not only is this ailment quite painful, but it can also make eating and drinking difficult (or even impossible), leading to dehydration and malnutrition in many patients. The sores that appear also increase a patient’s risk of infection – a serious concern in those whose immune systems have been ravaged by chemo drugs – and the economic impact of mucositis can be just as severe, with some patients seeing tens of thousands of dollars in additional medical costs thanks to this one condition.
If you or someone you know is getting ready to begin chemotherapy treatments, know that help may be possible in the form of the Chemo Mouthpiece™.
The Price of Mucositis Symptoms
The medical expenses that accompany cancer can be overwhelming, and the additional costs that come with oral mucositis only add to patients’ economic woes. In one study, an increase in the severity of mucositis symptoms was linked to significant health risks and more extensive treatments; just a single-point bump on the Oral Mucositis Assessment Scale (OMAS) can lead to an average of one extra day of fever, 2.7 more days of IV nutrition, 2.6 more days of narcotic painkillers and general hospitalization, more than double the risk of serious infection, and an almost four-fold increase in a patient’s 100-day mortality risk. The study concluded that the hospital bills of a patient with oral mucositis were an average of $42,000 greater than for those who were spared this chemo side effect.
Combined, these myriad of complications can require treatments adding up to tens of thousands of dollars in additional medical bills. That one-point increase in a patient’s OMAS scale cost patients in the study as much as $25,000 that they might not have otherwise had to pay; the study then concluded that the hospital bills of a patient with oral mucositis were an average of $42,000 greater than for those who were spared this chemo side effect.
The Physical Toll of Oral Mucositis
Though mouth sores are the predominant sign of oral mucositis, this condition can have wide-ranging effects on a patient’s overall health and quality of life. In more severe cases, the sores that appear can change a patient’s sense of taste, cause persistent dry mouth or a thickening of the saliva, or make chewing and swallowing incredibly painful, leading many patients to avoid the foods and beverages their bodies need to keep up their strength. This reluctance to eat can mean slower healing, lower energy levels, unwanted weight loss, and even delays in chemo treatments.
The presence of open sores in the mouth also represents a significant threat to the immune system, as each sore is a potential avenue for infection. Because the body’s immune system is so often compromised by radiation and chemotherapy, an infection anywhere in the body – including the mouth – can prove life-threatening. Patients with oral mucositis must observe meticulous oral hygiene practices to keep their sores clean and clear of debris, despite the intense discomfort these procedures may cause.
- How to Use
Learn how to properly use the Chemo Mouthpiece in this instructional video. You may also scroll down for more information regarding cleaning and care.
Instructions For Use
Prior to first use, place unit in unopened double sealed packaging in the freezer for a minimum of 6 hours.
When center blue core is frozen solid, unit is ready for use.
Just prior to use, remove unit from packaging and slide base into insulated sleeve. Save the resealable bag for future storage.
Fit mouthpiece chamber into mouth and place your lips over the outer edge.
Once inserted, squeeze the insulated sleeve/base to circulate cold water inside the mouthpiece.
Tilt head back while in use, unit has breathing tubes to facilitate normal breathing.
Continue to squeeze insulated sleeve/base every few minutes to keep circulating cold water.
After use, remove the insulated sleeve and clean the mouthpiece with soap and water. Use the supplied cleaning brush to clean inside the breathing tubes with soap and hot water.
After cleaning, allow the unit to dry and place back into the resealable bag and store in the freezer. The mouthpiece must be refrozen within 24 hours after use and must always be stored in the freezer.
The unit is ready for use anytime for up to 2 years if stored properly in a standard freezer.
- How Chemo Mouthpiece Saves you Money
How Chemo Mouthpiece Saves You Money
Oral Mucositis Costs $42,000 Per Patient*
When compared to some of the more widely known side effects of chemotherapy, oral mucositis (the painful mouth sores) may seem like a lesser concern. However, the complications linked to this condition can produce serious delays in a patient’s recovery; in fact, those who develop chemo-induced mucositis tend to be hospitalized 3-6 days longer per cycle of therapy. Just a 1-point increase in the OMAS scale, which doctors use to measure the severity of oral mucositis, has been associated with longer fevers and a higher risk of infection, among other problems. Chemo Mouthpiece will either help prevent the mouth sores before they occur or significantly reduce their severity, thus potentially saving you thousands of dollars.
It's A One-Time Purchase
When you invest in a Chemo Mouthpiece, you are getting a single device that you can use every day for as long as your chemotherapy treatment continues. No more continual refills of your temporary mouthwash, gel, or other numbing agents for your mouth.
*(Source; National Center for Biotechnology Information) Not only does oral mucositis lead to significant physical suffering, but it can inflict a great deal of financial pain as well. Expenses related to pain management, nutrition, and hydration support can be staggering; in one study, treatments for oral mucositis cost between $1,700 and $6,000 per patient, with additional hospital costs reaching as high as $25,000 per patient. Overall, oral mucositis costs each patient an average of $42,749 in healthcare expenses, making the mitigation of symptoms more than simply a matter of comfort or convenience – it can substantially reduce your medical expenses as well.