Having A Problem With Excessive Saliva?
Production of excessive saliva in the mouth is a condition that can come on somewhat suddenly, last for a time, and eventually go away. That's what happens in most instances. At times, the cause behind excessive saliva can be of a serious nature, but the generation of excessive saliva is in itself usually not harmful, though it admittedly can be irritating.
If you are experiencing an excess of saliva in your mouth at any particular time and are hesitant to swallow it, there shouldn't be any reason not to, as saliva is 98 percent water. Rather sticky water to be sure, as it contains mucus plus a number of other elements, such as various enzymes which are there to help start the digestive process. Besides its role in digesting food, saliva also helps clean the teeth and the tongue, and in general cleans and lubricates the inside of the mouth. Excessive saliva will usually do more good than harm.
Once in a while, we get just a little too much of the stuff accumulated. It's an uncomfortable feeling to have the urge to spit when in public, especially if it feels like you're going to spit up a cup full of fluid (it's usually more like a fraction of a teaspoon). In extreme instances, excessive saliva may result in drooling, especially among those who, due to an infirmity, have difficulty in swallowing.
Many Things Can Trigger Salivation - There are many things that can trigger the production of saliva. The most common is food, even the thought of food can do that. Some kinds of foods, even the smell of those foods, can cause greater amounts of saliva to be produced than other kinds do. When we experience a case of truly excessive saliva production though, it is usually due to some disease or disorder.
Any disorder affecting nerves associated with the mouth or throat can result in excessive saliva, either because more is being produced, or because of difficulties in swallowing, more is being stored in the mouth. Colds and respiratory infections usually cause greater amounts of saliva to be produced, as can a wide range of neurological disorders. Although not classified as a disease of a disorder, pregnancy is usually accompanied by an increase in the amount of saliva generated. Among the more publicized causes of excessive saliva, such as foaming at the mouth, would be rabies, which fortunately very few have the occasion to experience.
Chronic sinusitis is possibly the most common cause of the occurrence of excessive saliva among adults, with oral inflammation or infection of one type or another also a frequent cause.
Selecting A Specialist For Treatment - Excessive saliva, a condition known as sialorrhea, is treatable, though treatment can sometimes be difficult, and is not without risk. Any treatment that results in too little saliva being produced can have effects that are much more difficult to deal with than was the case of excess saliva. Since the number of possible causes of sialorrhea is so wide ranging, those treating the condition can come from a number of different specialties. If a nervous system disorder is a factor, a neurologist may be the person who needs to determine the course of treatment. If dentures, or some other dental problem is the cause, a dentist or orthodontist would obviously be the one to treat the condition. If excessive salivation is caused by chronic sinusitis, or problems with tonsils, adenoids, or a throat infection, an ear, nose, and throat specialist would be the one most likely to be able to help. If a certain medication is a possible cause, your family doctor may be able to find a cure. If your diet has something to do with it, and excessive amount of sweets for example, you may be able to help yourself. A disorder arising from a variety of possible causes, is not always easy to treat.