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Trouble chewing in people over 65 years old

This can aggravate diseases such as diabetes, cardiovascular problems or Alzheimer's.

Trouble chewing in people over 65 years old

In the West, caries affects 100% of older adults; on average, each older adult has 16 teeth affected by caries, of which 12 have already been extracted. It is also estimated that 37% have moderate or severe periodontal disease and 1 in 4 has suffered dental pain in the last year. In addition, 29% of people over 65 have problems chewing as a result of the state of their mouth. However, today, thanks to the scientific knowledge, materials, and techniques available, it is possible to reach maturity with a healthy mouth.

At this stage of life, there are many changes in the oral cavity that can lead to other health problems. For example, the gums tend to retract, leaving the roots of the teeth exposed to a greater risk of caries and periodontal diseases. It is also common for saliva production to decrease and the likelihood of oral cancer increases.
Many studies show the relationship between oral health and other systemic diseases such as diabetes, cardiovascular problems, respiratory pathologies, and even Alzheimer's disease.

To enjoy good oral health, Dental Office recommends maintaining correct and simple habits: brushing your teeth at least twice a day with fluoridated toothpaste for two minutes; using interdental brushes or dental floss; reducing sugar intake and avoiding alcohol and tobacco; eating a healthy and balanced diet; and going to the dentist periodically and in the event of detecting an injury that does not improve after two weeks.
Poor oral health has a direct influence on the quality of life and establishes social differences in the population.