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Why Your Mouth Waters

added on: August 14, 2018

man wondersWhen 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 El Paso, 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
  • Ulcer
  • Acid reflux
  • Side effect of medication
  • Neurological disorders such as Parkinson’s Disease
  • Toxic poisoning

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 El Paso about your symptoms, how long you’ve been experiencing them, and your thorough medical history.

We’re always welcoming new patients at our El Paso 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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