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Dental and Oral Health (Seniors)

Loss of taste



My mother is 85 years old, and recently has loss her taste of food. She does wear dentures, which are around 20 years olds. Would poor dental hygiene be a cause of her loss of taste?


It is possible if the hygiene is very bad. She may need to scrape her tongue (with a tongue scraper) to stimulate the papilla in her tongue. I suggest that she may need a new set of dentures. They need to be replaced every 5 years or so. She also may need to go to the doctor to check her general health; it may be related with another disease.

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Alfredo  Hernandez, DDS, MS Alfredo Hernandez, DDS, MS
Assistant Professor of Comprehensive Care
School of Dental Medicine
Case Western Reserve University