Does swallowing change with age?

By: Kelly Warf, Au.D.
Sanjeev Balamohan, M.D.

Difficulty swallowing (also known as Dysphagia) can occur for a number of reasons. It is estimated that 20% of individuals over the age of 50 years, and most individuals by the age of 80 years, experience some degree of swallowing difficulty. Symptoms may include:

  • Increased effort to chew/swallow
  • Food getting stuck
  • Pills getting stuck
  • Regurgitation of food
  • Coughing or choking when eating

Swallowing issues may arise due to changes in the body with aging. Example of bodily changes include missing teeth, reduced strength in upper throat, or dry mouth.

A consultation with our ENT physician can help identify the issue and potentially find a customized solution. We recommend taking care of your teeth and practicing good oral hygiene, take small bites of food, and frequent sips of water can help move food easier.

If you are experiencing any of the symptoms described above, please schedule an appointment with us today so we can determine the underlying cause and create a treatment plan. Schedule your appointment at the Ear, Nose, and Throat Center today. Call 847-685-1000.

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