Woman Smiling While in Dentist ChairMany individuals are aware of the dangers of dry mouth, as it is a commonly discussed condition in which there is not enough saliva in the mouth to wash away harmful bacteria and food particles. Yet, Medical News Today explains that fewer understand hypersalivation, a symptom in which saliva spills over the bottom lip, leading to drooling. Whether it is constant or intermittent, hypersalivation can cause significant anxiety, particularly in social situations.

Containing enzymes that aid in swallowing, washing away germs and digestion, saliva is a critical component of one’s oral and overall health and wellness. For a healthy person, saliva production ranges from .75-1.5 liters in a 24-hour period. Yet, saliva is produced in greater amounts when an individual is eating, as the food must be moistened and broken down. As food is being softened, saliva also works to balance the pH of foods and/or liquids, helping protect tooth enamel and gum tissues from irritating acids that might cause erosion. Given the importance of saliva, it’s easy to see why dry mouth is a threat to one’s oral health.

On the other hand, hypersalivation comes with its own set of problems, from chapped lips and skin infections to social and emotional consequences. While temporary forms of hypersalivation relating to dental cavities, infection, GERD, pregnancy or certain medications is easier to deal with, other chronic forms of it are not. When hypersalivation is an ongoing problem, it might be due to the following:

  • Malocclusion
  • An Enlarged Tongue
  • Mental Disability
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Facial Nerve Palsy
  • Parkinson’s Disease
  • ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis)
  • Stroke

In order to identify the apparent cause of one’s hypersalivation, a dentist may examine the oral cavity for swelling, bleeding, inflammation or a bad odor. In doing so, patients can learn specific information relating to what they’re dealing with, as well as gain support and treatment options.

At Lawrenceville Family Dental Care, we realize that hypersalivation can be distressing for those experiencing it, particularly if it is a chronic symptom. That’s why Dr. Patel and our compassionate team invite you to call us today if you’re experiencing excessive saliva production or drooling that you cannot explain. Rest assured—you’ll feel at ease as we discuss your condition with safe and comfortable amenities.

Posted on Behalf of Lawrenceville Family Dental Care

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