Salivating too much? There could be an underlying cause according to the doctor.Identifying why you salivate a lot is the first step in sorting the problem. Here’s a look at some conditions that can cause excess saliva production.
№1 Salivary glands
There are six major salivary glands and hundreds of minor ones. Saliva moves through tubes called salivary ducts.
Normally, the body makes up to 2 to 4 pints of saliva a day. Usually, the body makes the most saliva in the late afternoon. It makes the least amount at night.
But everyone is different. What doctors consider to be a normal amount of saliva varies quite a bit. That makes diagnosing saliva problems a bit of a challenge.
№2 Saliva in the Mouth
Saliva is drained out of the mouth cavity by swallowing and it passes down the throat and esophagus and into the stomach. Two possible causes may result in hypersalivation:
Excessive saliva production (polysialia)
Inadequate drainage of saliva, often related to swallowing problems (more frequently dysphagia which is difficulty swallowing)
№3 Sweet or hot foods:
Are you tempted by the sight of your favorite sweets? Can’t resist spicy foods? That may be the culprit behind excessive drooling. According to Dr. Suhas Patwardhan, sweet, hot or spicy foods can trigger excessive production of saliva.
№4 Swollen Adenoids
Enlarged adenoids may lead to excess saliva in the mouth. Adenoids, the tissue behind your nose and above the roof of your mouth, are a part of your immune system. Infections can cause them to become swollen – a condition that generally affects children. This condition can make swallowing difficult and, as a result, cause excess saliva. People with swollen adenoids also tend to breathe through their mouth because their nose is blocked and may experience symptoms like bad breath, cracked lips, a runny nose, and dry mouth. Other signs of swollen adenoids include trouble sleeping and frequent ear infections.