When we talk about your mouth watering, we’re not referring to the sensation you may experience when smelling or eating something delicious. At our dental office in Columbia, we talk about mouth watering in terms of dental health. While saliva is an important part of maintaining good oral health, too much of it could be a sign of hypersalivation.
What is Hypersalivation?
Hypersalivation is the medical term used to describe the overproduction of saliva. Basically it means a person has too much saliva in their mouth which can cause them to drool and be uncomfortable or embarrassed. What’s more is that hypersalivation may also be a sign of an underlying problem.
What Causes Hypersalivation?
There are several things that may cause someone to produce too much saliva. Some of the most common explanations are temporary, easily treatable, and no cause for serious concern. However, other times hypersalivation may be sign of something bigger. A few reasons why someone may hypersalivate include:
Infections including gum disease
Side effect of medication
Neurological disorders such as Parkinson’s Disease
How Much Saliva is Too Much?
Typically people produce around 1.5 quarts of saliva every day. This saliva helps break down food to make it more easily digestible and protects teeth against acids and bacteria that can lead to cavities. However, if someone produces even more than that it can lead to hypersalivation.
Signs & Symptoms
Intense desire to spit a lot
Drool spots on a pillow
Feeling the constant need to swallow
Saliva easily falls out during regular activities
Difficulty eating or drinking
Excessive saliva production isn’t something that you should ignore. We recommend talking with your dentist in Columbia about your symptoms, how long you’ve been experiencing them, and your thorough medical history.
We’re always welcoming new patients at our Columbia dental office and will be happy to help. Schedule an appointment with our compassionate team and we’ll work with you to determine what’s causing hypersalivation and the best way to treat it. Give us a call today.
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