Saliva production is a natural and important part of good oral health. We need it to help protect our teeth from cavities, breakdown food so our stomachs can digest them more easily, and fight off bad breath bacteria. But the team at our Belle Fourche dental office wants you to know that there is such a thing as producing too much saliva. When it comes to spit, more isn’t necessarily better.
How is Too Much of a Good Thing a Bad Thing?
We already know that saliva is beneficial for both our oral health and our digestive health. So it only makes sense that more of it can only mean good things. Except in this case, it doesn’t. But how can something that’s good for us also be bad? When someone produces too much saliva, also known as hypersalivation, it can not only be uncomfortable, but also embarrassing and perhaps even a sign that something else is going on.
What Causes Excessive Saliva Production?
Like many things related to our bodies, there is no one definite cause behind hypersalivation, and there could be a variety of explanations. Let’s take a closer look at three of them…
When there is an active infection in the mouth, the body may try to fight it off by producing more and more saliva. This is just one more reason it’s important to see your dentist in Belle Fourche regularly.
All medications come paired with some sort of side effects. Excessive saliva production may be one of them. If you think this may be the cause of your mouth watering, do not stop any medications before talking with your doctor.
One of the more serious, yet rare, causes of hypersalivation is poisoning. Saliva production can go into overdrive following a bite from spider or reptile venom, eating poisonous mushrooms, or poisoning caused by mercury, or copper.
Know the Signs
Besides the more obvious signs of hypersalivation such as drooling or spitting, other symptoms may include:
- Bad breath
- Chapped lips
- Difficulty eating or drinking
- Changes in speech
Even though mouth watering may be annoying, there’s a good chance it’s not caused by something incredibly serious. However, that doesn’t mean you should ignore it. The best thing you can do is see a dentist to better understand the root cause as well as the best treatment option for you.
We’re here to help our neighbors get and keep a healthy mouth. We welcome you to schedule an appointment at our dental office in Belle Fourche.