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A 36-year-old member asked:

is it very dangeros to aspirate saliva into your lungs?

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Dr. Scott Bobbitt
Dentistry 32 years experience
Possibly: Aspiration of any liquid into the lungs can be dangerous. If you are generally healthy, with healthy teeth and gums, the risk is saliva is low. At 36, it would be low. If your question deals with a patient who has had a stroke, it could be more dangerous--especially if aspiration occurs while eating and contains bits of food.

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A 32-year-old female asked:

When you have accidentally wrong swallow of saliva will it goes to your lungs?How will i know because it hurts when i swallow it when i woke up

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Dr. Pamela Pappas
Psychiatry 42 years experience
Cough reflex: If your cough reflex is intact, your body will protect itself from saliva going into your lungs in your sleep. This kind of thing can happen with people who have strokes, but you have not listed that in your information. If you have a sore throat, it may be the start of a viral URI -- but at 32 without other conditions, aspirating saliva into your lungs is not likely. Anxiety can make you worry!

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