Excess production of saliva in an individual’s mouth can result in watery mouth. More than often, individuals experience this when they are hungry or waiting for a meal.
Generally, this excess in production of saliva is not a permanent phenomenon. But there have been cases where it has become an embarrassing symptom due to another underlying condition. The salivary glands present in the oral cavity can secrete saliva. Now normally, saliva keeps getting produced in the mouth round through the day. And knowingly or unknowingly, we swallow the saliva.
During a sudden surge of saliva in the mouth, secreted by salivary glands, one can experience a watery mouth.
In fact you can also experience excess production of saliva when you aren’t able to gulp down the saliva as properly as you once used to.
Symptoms Of Watery Mouth
A few symptoms related to watery mouth are as follows:
- Swallowing food frequently.
- Another common symptom is spitting saliva while talking. This might not be a serious problem, but it can surely be embarrassing one for others.
- Excess production can saliva can result in difficulty when speaking. Accumulation of saliva can cause slurred speech.
- Drooling is a common symptom associated with watery mouth. When not been able to swallow saliva, it can lead to watery mouth. This is most general symptom in individual’s suffering from Parkinson’s disease, stroke, etc.
Causes Of Watery Mouth
- A common cause leading to watery mouth is excess production of saliva when waiting for food. The flavor, scent or just the mere desire for having a particular food can lead to secretion of saliva. Basically this is a physiological procedure, in which the saliva is used to make the food softer and make the process of consumption easy. This also assists in easy digestion.
- Elder people with dentures can experience excessive salivation. So a person with new or ill-fitted dentures can face this problem.
- A common symptom that may be accompanied with excessive salivation is GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease). Other than this, heartburn or acid reflux can also be the prominent symptoms. Obese people are most susceptible to heartburns.
- A woman going through pregnancy can experience nausea accompanied with watery mouth. This is because of the hormonal change one goes through during the period of pregnancy.
- In a few cases, allergies like sinusitis or tonsillitis or even upper respiratory tract infection can result in excess salivation.
- Inner lining of the mouth can get swelled in case of excess saliva secreted from the body, and this can further increase the pain in mouth.
- Snake venom can also be responsible for salivary secretion.
- Some anti-epileptic medicines can also cause the salivary glands to cause excess salivation.
- Some specific diseases such as Cerebral Palsy and Stroke do not allow the person to gulp down the saliva because of weak muscles. And thus the saliva can remain in the oral cavity resulting in watery mouth.
- Even a tumor in salivary glands can result in excess saliva in the mouth.
There can also be some other symptoms which may accompany a watery mouth like nausea.
Some other causes leading to watery mouth are as follows:
- There can be a few cases where there can be a complication in the production of saliva because the salivary glands may lead them to.
- Also, medicines are going to dry your mouth, particularly the antidepressants.
Treatment For Watery Mouth
Most likely, watery mouth is a result of anticipation of your meal. But in case this becomes a frequent thing then it can have a damaging effect on the day to day activity, thus requiring medical attention.
- When the causative factor for watery mouth is polyps then only surgery would be able to relieve the symptoms.
- Consulting a dentist is the best measure when reason for watery mouth is ill-fitting denture.
- In case of upper respiratory tract infection, consultation with a doctor is a must.
- And if the infection in because of some medicines, then ask your physician to change them with other medicines.