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what causes saliva in the mouth at night

By Anonymous June 8, 2015 - 6:00pm
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About two weeks now i wake up to spit at night what would i do

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Hi Anon! 

Thank you for your question.

Excessive saliva is usually temporary and does not raise concern. Since you have persistent excessive saliva, you may want to consult your physician or dentist. It could be an increase of saliva production or a decreased ability to swallow. There are medications that are used to decrease saliva production although, there are side effects, according to the Mayo Clinic.

The Mayo clinic provides the following information for excess saliva production.

Causes of increased saliva production include:
New dentures
Inflammation of mucous membranes of the mouth (stomatitis)
A side effect of certain medications, such as clozapine, isoproterenol, pilocarpine and reserpine
Damage to the nerves that control the salivary glands

Causes of a decreased ability to swallow or to retain saliva in your mouth include:
Neurological disorders, such as Parkinson's disease or cerebral palsy
Nasal obstruction, such as due to allergies, sinus infection, nasal polyps and enlarged adenoids
Gastroesophageal reflux
Sjogren's syndrome
Bell's palsy

Seeking a professional opinion for the prolonged saliva production would be beneficial. I hope this helps. Let us know the outcome.



June 9, 2015 - 5:19am
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