Difficulty Swallowing

Swallowing is a complex process that is affected by aging and changes over time. Difficulty swallowing may be associated with:

  • Trouble chewing
  • Difficulty moving food and liquids from the mouth into the throat
  • The feeling of food or pills getting stuck in the throat
  • Food/liquids coming back up (regurgitation)
  • Coughing or choking with swallowing
  • Lung infections
  • Weight loss

Some of the factors that contribute to trouble swallowing are:

  • Aging
  • Dry mouth
  • Poor dentition
  • Muscle atrophy of the tongue and upper throat
  • Narrowing of the entrance to the esophagus
  • Decreased feeling or sensitivity of the throat and voice box

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