7 Common Dental Problems Experienced by Seniors

Dental problems affect people of all ages, but seniors or older individuals have a higher risk of developing certain dental problems as the years go by. Here are some of the most common dental problems that affect seniors or older patients.

Dry Mouth

Decreased saliva production can be the result of certain medications, or treatments such as radiation.

Teeth Darkening

This problem may result from long-term consumption of teeth-staining food and drinks, and may also be caused by changes in the dentin of the teeth.

Tooth Loss

Tooth loss may result from gum disease, untreated tooth decay, and other dental problems.

Gum Disease

Gum problems can be caused by a variety of factors in older people, such as certain illnesses (diabetes, anemia, etc.), smoking or use of tobacco products, poor oral hygiene, and ill-fitting dentures/dental bridge.

Jawbone Deterioration

The jawbone deteriorates with tooth loss, without the stimulation brought by the lost tooth roots.

Stomatitis

This problem is caused by ill-fitting dentures that cause the underlying tissue to become inflamed.

Diminished Taste

Older people may experience a diminished sense of taste as the years go by, and this problem can be aggravated by the use of certain medications, denture use, or the presence of other diseases.