It's not uncommon for people to experience a watery mouth from time to time, but what does it actually mean? Is it just an annoyance or could it be an indicator of something more serious? In this article, we'll take a deep dive into the mystery behind this odd sensation.
The Basics of Salivary Glands
Before getting into the nitty-gritty of watery mouths, let's first talk about salivary glands. These little guys are responsible for producing saliva in our mouths which helps moisten and break down food as well as fight off bacteria. There are three main types of salivary glands - parotid, submandibular, and sublingual - each located in different areas around our mouths.
Why Do We Experience A Watery Mouth?
A watery mouth is essentially when your salivation rate increases beyond normal levels. This can happen due to a variety of reasons such as appetite stimulation caused by delicious aromas or even viewing appetizing images/photos 1.
Sometimes your body simply needs more liquid to aid digestion or every once in awhile you may find yourself experiencing excitement that causes you to start drooling all over yourself (not glamorous I know) 2. One study suggested that women tend to produce more saliva than men do so ladies... gloat until your heart's content! But too much excessive watering may also result from pathological conditions which are elucidated below:
Indications Of Pathological Conditions
There are times when excessive production o f saliva and development of ptyalism (hyper secretion) becomes dangerous rather than being an advantage because then there might be underlying health issues present inside the individual’s body ([Note] Enteropathogenic Viruses). Possible indications include:
Some pregnant individuals endure abnormal glandular activity resulting in excessive salivation. Such excessive salivary output during pregnancy is known as Ptyalism gravidarum 5. Although the exact reason behind this abnormality remains unclear, some explanations include increased hormonal production (estrogen) and higher sensitivity from an overloaded gag reflex.
Another reason why you may experience a watery mouth regularly could be the result of neurological disorders or injury 4. Many nerves tend to play pivotal roles in coordinating function across different glands responsible for producing saliva. If there's ever any injury or malfunction in these specific nerve groups, it can cause a disruption in good glandular coordination resulting in ptyalism.
Side-Effects To Medications
Medications that stimulate sweat production might also impact on so much if they're not effectively regulated; however, medications taken for treating chronic pain like Pilates® have acted as blockers against excess secretion of saliva ([Note] Other analgesics are still being researched). Similarly when someone takes anti depressants that contain benztropine -like common drugs used by physicians such as cogentin-this usually blocks cholinergic activity which aids involuntary movements such as tearing up ...and drooling unfortunately... aside from its therapeutic effects.
How Can You Treat A Watery Mouth?
Luckily, most instances of a watery mouth are temporary and don't require professional medical care. Within time your body will regulate water/saliva ratios back to normalcy but maintaining oral hygiene alongside intake on lemon juice that maintain healthy gums couldn’t hurt anybody now would it? However to get rid of excessive flow:
Over The Counter Medicine
As stated previously palates improvement done with medication prescribed by qualified medical practitioners may provide relief whether off-counter or prescription based ones depending upon severity/circumstance etcetera!
Maintaining Oral Hygiene
Staying on top of your brushing/flossing game and regular rinses using substances like cinnamon, honey or lime juice may also help mouth regulation in salivary secretion with ginger candy for post dinner moments as emergency breath freshener 3.
Salivary Gland Irradiation
But please let's not jump on this one first. Unless required by professional medical practitioners; however, if there is a need for it then palates normalization achieved through radiotherapy might just be what your body needs to restore good glandular functions. Whilst exposure to any kind of radiation remain dangerous and the decision requires informed consent this one should only ever be used when everything else has been exhausted!
Although watery mouths can either indicate excitement or serve as an annoyance caused by outside sources like medication/ gastronomical preparations which triggers saliva production they can also point towards serious existing conditions such as neurological malfunctions! So take precedent over safety always keep an eye out but don't feel like you have something to worry about unless there are any additional symptoms you experience aside from excessive water/saliva production.