Talking about spit isn’t incredibly glamorous, but it sure is important. Especially for those who produce too much of it. When someone has too much saliva, they may be embarrassed and uncomfortable by the common side effects of something called hypersalivation. At our dental office Ramsey, we want these patients to know that while it is uncomfortable, excessive salivation may also be a sign of an underlying problem.
Spit Is Important
Believe it or not, spit plays a crucial role in our overall bodily function. It helps break down food as we chew, making it easier to swallow and for the stomach to digest it. Saliva also rinses away bacteria in the mouth and neutralizes acids that otherwise could eat away at tooth enamel and cause cavities. We typically produce about 1.5 quarts of spit every day. However, when more is produced, we’ll experience mouth watering.
What Causes Mouth Watering?
There could be any number of possible explanations to excessive saliva production and mouth watering. While some may not seem serious, the best thing you can do is to call your dentist in Ramsey to better understand your underlying cause. Some possible causes of hypersalivation may include:
- A diet high in starches
- Acid reflux
- Infections such as gum disease
- Neurological conditions including Parkinson’s disease
What are The Signs of Hypersalivation?
There are some obvious signs of hypersalivation including drooling, spitting, or constantly swallowing. But there are also other symptoms that aren’t always so noticeable, including:
- Bad breath
- Changes in speech
- Difficulty eating or drinking
- Chapped lips
Even though many of the causes of hypersalivation aren’t serious, it’s still something that shouldn’t be ignored. Getting answers to what’s causing your mouth to water is the first step to treating it successfully.
We welcome you to call our Ramsey dental office to schedule an appointment. At your visit we’ll dive into your symptoms, talk about how long you’ve been experiencing them, and review your medical history and medication use. All of this will help us get a thorough picture of what may be going on so we can determine the best way to treat it.
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