Teeth, mouth and swallowing problems
These problems make eating difficult and can lead to reduced food intake, increased
risk of dehydration, lack of energy and malnutrition.
Causes include tooth ache, poorly fitting dentures, mouth ulcers, sore gums and lips, reduced saliva, stroke or Parkinson’s disease and dementia.
Signs of swallowing problems include:
- Taking a long time to chew and swallow
- Choking or coughing when eating or drinking
- Wet gurgly voice after swallowing
Try to have regular dental checks and talk to a Speech Pathologist for advice if there is concern about chewing, swallowing or choking.