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Why Do Dental Problems Increase With Age?

As people get older they expect their body to change, but there are also changes to the mouth, teeth and gums.

The mouth may become more sensitive, and this can lead to problems with pain from dentures.

As people get older and frailer, or if they experience a sudden weight loss, the gums also shrink and if they have dentures these may no longer fit properly. Poorly fitting dentures can cause mouth problems due to wear.

Illnesses which are common in older people can also cause dental problems, such as diabetes or arthritis.

A dry mouth can lead to many oral problems, which particularly affect denture wearers.

It’s important to maintain good oral hygiene practices in order to prevent gum disease.

It is also important to ensure that false teeth fit well, as slack dentures can make chewing more difficult and painful. They can also cause inflammation of the gums.

Options for loose teeth include the use of denture fixative to hold teeth in place, or flexible dentures which are softer on the more delicate gums.

It’s especially important that caregivers clean dentures properly and watch for inflammation that could lead on to more serious problems.

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