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What problems with the teeth and gums are known to affect seniors?

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As people age, they’re more at risk for problems with their teeth and gums. Two are:

  • Root decay, which happens when the tooth root is exposed to decay-causing acids. Roots don’t have enamel to protect them and are more prone to decay than the tooth’s crown.
  • Gum disease. It’s caused by plaque and made worse by food left in teeth, tobacco use, poor-fitting bridges and dentures, poor diets, and diseases such as anemia, cancer, and diabetes. It can lead to tooth loss.

From: Dental Care for Seniors WebMD Medical Reference

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American Dental Association.

Reviewed by Michael Friedman on April 23, 2019

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American Dental Association.

Reviewed by Michael Friedman on April 23, 2019

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