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How does aging affect your gums?

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You might notice your gums seem to pull away from your teeth. Some medicines make your mouth feel drier. Dry mouth might put you at higher risk for tooth decay and infections.

From: What's Normal Aging? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: “Aging: What to Expect.”

National Institutes of Health Medline Plus: “Areas of Age-Related Change.”

University of Cincinnati College of Nursing: “Aging: Age-Related Physical Changes.”

Merck Manual: “Changes in the Body With Aging.”

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: “Effects of Aging.”

Reviewed by Louise Chang on August 06, 2018

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: “Aging: What to Expect.”

National Institutes of Health Medline Plus: “Areas of Age-Related Change.”

University of Cincinnati College of Nursing: “Aging: Age-Related Physical Changes.”

Merck Manual: “Changes in the Body With Aging.”

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: “Effects of Aging.”

Reviewed by Louise Chang on August 06, 2018

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