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.
Decreased saliva production can be the result of certain medications, or treatments such as radiation.
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 may result from gum disease, untreated tooth decay, and other dental problems.
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.
The jawbone deteriorates with tooth loss, without the stimulation brought by the lost tooth roots.
This problem is caused by ill-fitting dentures that cause the underlying tissue to become inflamed.
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.