Our sense of smell is also linked to our sense of taste. Smell and taste work in combination with one another. Where odors alert our sense of taste, smell actually begins at the nerve endings that are high up in the lining of our noses. People have approximately 9,000 taste buds that are responsible for sensing sweet, salty, sour and bitter tastes.
These duo senses keep up safe and allow us enjoyment. As an example, we can smell things like noxious gases and smoke that are dangerous to our health. It also helps keep us away from spoiled food which can make us sick. On the flipside, food can smell wonderful and the sense of smell helps us to remember pleasant times in our live while relating it to aromas we remember.
As we age the number of taste buds we have decline. In addition, the taste buds that remain actually atrophy or lose mass causing our sensitivity to taste to decline once we reach the age of about 60. That is the main reason you will see people that age and older trying to apply more seasonings or stating that food is dull.
It is typical for older people not to be able to recognize the taste of salt or sweet things initially. Later on bitter and sour tastes will decline.
Saliva also is produced less and less. As the commercials on television advertise, dry mouth can be the result. Dry mouth also causes the decline in the sense of taste.
Tomorrow I will go over more details about the links and declines of these senses. Until then, try to be patient. It will help you to show that With Age Comes Respect.