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Dental and Oral Health (Seniors)

Loss of taste

04/03/2007

Question:

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?

Answer:

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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Response by:

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