Study after study has taken on this question, and all of them have come to the same conclusion: it’s false! Minimal salivary flow and composition changes have been shown in healthy adults as they age. If the results are so clear, though, where did this common myth come from?
Dry mouth, although not a normal part of aging, is still highly prevalent in older patients.
This correlation occurs because of the diseases, and medicines, commonly affecting older people. Patients who experience dry mouth because of a medical condition or treatment should let their dentist know right away, because disrupted salivary flow can become a serious issue if not addressed.
Saliva is one of the most important protectors of the whole mouth, and when it is inhibited, a number of harmful and unpleasant side effects can occur, including: rising acidity within the mouth and impaired taste, swallowing, speaking, chewing, and use of oral prostheses. If this is something you or a loved one have experienced, be sure to work with your dentist and physician to address the problem.
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