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Common Problems in Mouths Over 40

Some oral health problems occur more frequently with age. Here, we list some of the most common and what can be done about them:

Dry Mouth

It’s one of the most common problems associated with the older mouth. First, make sure you are staying properly hydrated, especially if exercising or in high temperatures. Also, keep in mind that medications and certain medical disorders can reduce saliva flow. Once the cause is identified, mouth rinses and sugarless candies can stimulate saliva production.

Burning Mouth Syndrome

A burning sensation in your mouth with no apparent cause can be a symptom of several things. It is more prevalent post-menopause as the result of hormonal imbalance, and it can also be a sign of a vitamin deficiency, diabetes or anemia. Correcting one or all usually solves the problem.

Chronic Facial Pain

This common complaint of patients in their 40s and 50s is often caused by Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMJ): pain that accompanies eating, yawning or moving the jaw. It’s often treated with a bite splint and other corrective therapies.

Loss of smell and taste

Taste buds gradually fade with age. But taste and smell can fade fast from diabetes, or suddenly—as a result of stroke, Parkinson’s or Huntington’s disease. And most complaints of “taste” problems have more to do with a diminished sense of smell. Enhancing food flavors with spices can help.