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Saliva (Overview)

The clear, viscous fluid secreted by the salivary and mucous glands in the mouth. Saliva contains water, mucin, organic salts, and the digestive enzyme ptyalin. It serves to moisten the oral cavity, to initiate the digestion of starches, and to aid in the chewing and swallowing of food. Approximately 1 to 1.5 l is produced per day.


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Reasobs for excess saliva?

Reasobs for excess saliva?

Excess saliva: Excess saliva, usually with drooling, is not very common in young people, but becomes more common in older folks. It can be caused by discoordination in the pharynx (not swallowing saliva), medications that stimulate salivary glands, conditions that stimulate the GI tract (vomiting, severe heartburn, esophageal spasm), and in older people, weakness of the oral muscles & lips, which leads to leakag. ...Read more

Saliva (Overview)

The clear, viscous fluid secreted by the salivary and mucous glands in the mouth. Saliva contains water, mucin, organic salts, and the digestive enzyme ptyalin. It serves to moisten the oral cavity, to initiate the digestion of starches, and to aid in the chewing and swallowing of food. Approximately 1 to 1.5 l is produced per day.


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What causes a brown saliva?

Mouth bleed: Blood can give your saliva a brown or red tinge to it if you have an active or slow bleed. See dentist or primary doctor to full examination. ...Read more

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What can cause excess saliva?

Organophosphates: Pesticides, herbicides and nerve gases used in chemical warfare and terrorism attacks. ...Read more

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Why do I have so much saliva?

Hormones: The hormones of pregnancy do cause hypersalivation for some women. It is a hard problem to address. There really are not medications you can take to decrease it. ...Read more

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Where does saliva come from?

Where does saliva come from?

Saliva glands: Saliva is a complex fluid that is a lubricant, a buffering agent and anti bacterial, among its many functions. We all need lots of it. It is secreted by large glands in the cheeks and under the tongue, emptying into the mouth via large ducts, as well as by many tiny glands located throughout the mouth. ...Read more

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Why is my saliva sample brown?

Why is my saliva sample brown?

It could be from: Effect of smoking or second hand smoke or pollutants on your bronchial tubes. Take care! ...Read more

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How to stop saliva production?

You shouldn't.: Saliva is necessary for good oral health and aids digestion. If you think you're salivating too much, contact your doctor to discuss it. ...Read more

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Can someone survive without saliva?

No: Saliva is definitely needed for the general health of teeth, gums, tongue and oral tissues in general.
If you have a dry mouth there are several products on the market for that like biotene and aim artificial saliva ...Read more

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How long is marajuana in your saliva?

Up to 15 weeks: Depending on the duration of use, and the sensitivity of the detection method, the test may be positive for up to 15 weeks. ...Read more

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Why is my saliva so extremely sticky?!

Why is my saliva so extremely sticky?!

See below: Most commonly this is a side effect of medications but other conditions such as thyroid disease, diabetes, and sjogren's can affect saliva quality and quanity. ...Read more

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What could be causing my excess saliva?

What could be causing my excess saliva?

PNS: Stimulation of the parasympathetic nervous system increases salivation. Do you have other parasympathetic symptoms like watery eyes, runny nose, frequent urination, loose stools, low blood sugar? ...Read more

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How long does weed stay in your saliva?

3 days: Thc can be detected in the saliva for approximately 3 days following smoking the product. It can be found in the urine for an even longer period after exposure. ...Read more

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How can one increase saliva production?

Suck a lemon drop: A way to increase saliva flow is to suck on lemon drop candy. Preferably sugar free. Or chew gum. That may help. There is artificial saliva available. The main thing is...Why do you have decreased saliva flow. This. Can be caused by medications, auto immune diseases, or blocked salivary glands. Go see a dentist or your md and get to the bottom of the problem. ...Read more

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How often can you use artificial saliva?

Frequently: You can use artificial saliva as frequently as you like. ...Read more

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Why is it so hard to swalllow my saliva?

Why is it so hard to swalllow my saliva?

Is it just saliva: Difficulty swallowing can be obstructive or even neuromuscular. If you are having trouble swallowing other things as well you should go see your doctor. ...Read more

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What does having bloodly saliva indicate?

Check your gums: Bloody saliva most likely comes from gingivitis. Gingivitis is caused by bacteria around the gum tissues, resulting in red puffy gum tissue that bleeds easily. When you notice blood in the saliva, if there are no other signs of cuts in your mouth, it is usually due to gingivitis. ...Read more

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Why does my saliva have a sweet taste toit?

Why does my saliva have a sweet taste toit?

Mixture of things: Saliva is mostly water mixed with proteins, enzymes, electrolytes and other compounds. Each of us has a different recipe and your may have a sweeter side to it. It is possible that you have food residue in your mouth which may be what you are tasting. ...Read more

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HOW LONG DOES WEED STAY IN MY SALIVA TEST?

HOW LONG DOES WEED STAY IN MY SALIVA TEST?

All caps???: Hi. Wow, all caps??? You must REALLY be worried! How soon is your drug test coming up? You can get home drug tests for many substances, including marijuana, from pharmacies. My advice is lay off the weed, get a negative home test, and stay off weed until your law or work test is behind you, then do whatever it is you do. Good luck! ...Read more

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Is it true that smokers produce more saliva?

No: Saliva production varies greatly and depends on many factors. Age, genetics, medicines you may be on, overall health are just a few. However, all things being equal, smoking will reduce saliva output because nicotine inhibits the release of saliva from salvary glands. ...Read more

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Can a diet be the cause of my sweet saliva?

Can a diet be the cause of my sweet saliva?

Need further tests!: You need to see an MD to check for other causes! ...Read more

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What can I do to increase saliva production?

What can I do to increase saliva production?

Dry mouth: Dry mouth or xerostomia, can be a real problem and lead to cavities, saliva is your bodies natural cleansing mechanism. First of all there are many medications that contribute to this, including anti depressants, cardiac mediation, diuretics. Avoid alcohol based mouthwash which will make it worse. Biotene has a line of products that are helpful. Sugarless hard candy may stimulate your own
saliva. ...Read more

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What are some reasons for an increase in saliva?

What are some reasons for an increase in saliva?

Saliva increase: Hungry
smell something good.
trained like a dog and when you hear the bell you know its time to eat. ...Read more

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Why do some people have more saliva than others?

Why do some people have more saliva than others?

More saliva: I just usually say they are full of spit. But some have overactive parotid glands-check this out at wikipedia. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: saliva?

Saliva is....saliva: The clear, viscous fluid secreted by the salivary and mucous glands in the mouth. Saliva contains water, mucin, organic salts, and the digestive enzyme ptyalin. It serves to moisten the oral cavity, to initiate the digestion of starches, and to aid in the chewing and swallowing of food. Approximately 1 to 1.5 l is produced per day. ...Read more

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Why do I have a massive saliva production thanks?

Excessive Saliva: There are many reasons for excessive saliva, most due to use certain medications, that cause "cholinergic" release, the neural mechanism for excessive saliva. Go see your dentist or an ENT to get an opinion on why. ...Read more

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What are some ways to increase saliva production?

What are some ways to increase saliva production?

OTC Mouthrinses: Salivary production can be induced as simply by eating something sour, by various mouthrinses, or by specific medications. Sugar or sugar free sour candies can increase salivary production along with otc brands of mouthrinses such as biotene or oasis brands. If these do not help, then seek medical/dental advise on the cause of your dry mouth and other medications to help increase salivary flow. ...Read more

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Is there something wrong with my saliva if minimal?

Is there something wrong with my saliva if minimal?

Dry Mouth: Sudden onset of dry mouth can be caused by many things, most common being medications. Saliva is very important to the health of the oral cavity and prevention of decay. If you have started a new medication ask your doctor if this is a normal and temporary side effect. There are many products to help with dry mouth. If dry mouth persists see your dentist. ...Read more

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What can cause saliva build up when I lay horizontal?

Gravity: Gravity helps you swallow - when you lay down - it pools up in your mouth rather than at the back of your throat when you are triggered to swallow. ...Read more

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I drool a lot and consume a lot of saliva, what to do?

I drool a lot and consume a lot of saliva, what to do?

See MD: Drooling usually means you are not swallowing your saliva, rather than excessive saliva. You may have a swallowing disorder. See your MD about this. If swallowing disorder, he/she may refer you to an ENT doc. ...Read more

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How does one keep his saliva pH at 7.0 0r higher?

Diet: Eating food and drinking items that are non-acidic (water) can maintain saliva ph at 7 or greater. ...Read more

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What's the difference between artificial and real saliva?

One is in a bottle: Artificial saliva is a mixture that is thick enough to coat your mouth & stop it from drying out for a while. People with dry mouth need it. It does not have many of the cavity fighting stuff real saliva has, but may have others. ...Read more

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Why do I have brown saliva when I wake up in the morning?

Slight bleeding: Most likely you have some slight bleeding while you sleep and that mixes with your saliva and it looks brown. Just try to floss more, which will decrease the bleeding and see if that stops the brown saliva. If not please see your local dentist/MD ...Read more

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I have foamy white saliva. What could be the cause of this?

Dehydration: Likely you are dry, this makes the saliva whiter. I do not now what other symptoms you are having, but possible this could be some type of infection or perhaps something you ate. For example, milk will make the saliva thicker and whiter. ...Read more

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What kinds of saliva test requires fasting for 8 hours prior?

None that I know of: Perhaps it is a test for illegal drugs, but I have not heard of a saliva test that requires fasting. ...Read more

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Hellow my question is how long does drugs stay on ur saliva.?

Hellow my question is how long does drugs stay on ur saliva.?

It depends on the drug.: If you look up the drug and then look up the half-life of the drug you'll know when half of the medication is gone. Unfortunately all the medications can have different half-lives so there will be different times. ...Read more

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I drool a lot and consume a lot of saliva, should I be concerned?

Sialorrhea: Conditions that can cause saliva overproduction include: Rabies, Gastroesophageal reflux disease, Pregnancy, Excessive starch intake, Pancreatitis, Liver disease, Serotonin syndrome, Mouth ulcers, Oral infections, medications (clozapine, pilocarpine, risperidone), exposure to toxins (mercury, copper, organophosphates insecticide, arsenic), or conditions that decrease saliva clearance. See your pcp ...Read more

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What does a saliva pH of 5 indicate? I'm 27 and otherwise healthy.

Acidic!: Saliva ph of 5 is quite low! That means your saliva is quite acidic. Makes me wonder if you didn't have it checked right after drinking a can of pop or a cup of coffee or something along those lines. ...Read more

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I will be 44 hours smoke free of weed will I pass saliva test tomorrow?

Not necessarily: Per http://www. Forensicfluids. Com/oral_v_urine. Htm, Delta 9 THC has been measured in oral fluid up to 72 hours after smoking. ...Read more

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Is there a medical condition that cause saliva to be produced in excess?

Is there a medical condition that cause saliva to be produced in excess?

There are several: Among them, rabies, gerd, and even pregnancy. Best to get evaluated by a physician or primary healthcare provider to focus in on any relevant issues. Don't assume the worst before getting the facts that are relevant to you. ...Read more

Mouth (Definition)

Mouth (mouth) " n. Pl. Mouths 1. A. The body opening through which an animal takes in food. B. The cavity lying at the upper end of the alimentary canal, bounded on the outside by the lips and inside by the oropharynx and containing in higher vertebrates the tongue, gums, and teeth. C. This cavity regarded as the source of sounds and speech. D. The opening to any cavity or canal ...Read more