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Canker Sores (Aphthous Ulcers) Causes and Treatment in Seniors

A canker sore (aphthous ulcer) is characterized by painful, open sores in the inner lining of the oral cavity, gum or upper throat. It can be due to various causes including mechanical and chemical trauma. In seniors this may be seen with poorly fitting dentures, certain medication, diabetes and nutritional deficiencies among other causes. The […]

Sjogren Syndrome in Seniors

What is Sjogren syndrome? Sjogren syndrome is a chronic inflammatory disorder of the immune system in which there is progressive destruction of the salivary and tear glands resulting in dry mouth and dry eyes. The deformity can exist on its own but is usually seen accompanying other immune system disorders like  rheumatoid arthritis. Sjogren syndrome […]

Excessive Salivation (Sialorrhea) in the Elderly

Although the elderly more commonly complain of dryness of the mouth, often associated with side effects of certain drugs and chronic conditions, there may at times be an excess of saliva. Profuse salivation is known as sialorrhea. It occurs when the production of saliva is greater than the clearance of this saliva from the mouth, […]

Mouth Dryness (Xerostomia) in Seniors

Mouth dryness is a common ailment experienced by the elderly. It is often due to age-related changes in the salivary glands but more significantly it is caused by common chronic medication often used by seniors. In many cases mouth dryness is ignored by physicians as the need for these chronic drugs outweighs the discomfort caused […]

Lichen Planus Mouth and Skin Patches in the Elderly

Lichen planus is a disorder affecting the skin and the oral cavity. It is marked by purple colored patches on the skin and inner lining of the mouth. The patches are usually itch. The mouth lesions are often diagnosed during routine dental checkups and can go unnoticed for a period of time. It is a […]


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