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What can cause oral health problems in older adults?

As people live longer and retain more natural teeth, the complexity of their treatment increases. Older adults are at risk for getting cavities, gum disease and mouth cancer – and these may not cause any pain or discomfort until they are advanced. In addition, people with no natural teeth are at risk for mouth cancer as well as gum problems. Denture wearers need to have their mouth and their dentures checked at least once a year. Everyone needs to see their dentist for a checkup at least once a year.

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