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Please help! What is the cause of overactive salivary glands?

Please help! What is the cause of overactive salivary glands?

Many choices: Could be anything from an intolerance to a medication or a new food to a new acrylic oral appliance. Check with an md if it does not resolve soon. ...Read more

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What causes an overactive salivary gland?

What causes an overactive salivary gland?

Hunger: I'm not sure what you mean. You'll salivate if you're hungry. If your salivary glands are swollen, they could be blocked with a stone or thick mucus. Dehydration can be part of the problem there, also infection, and sometimes autoimmune disease. ...Read more

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Was wondering what illesses cause an overactive salivary gland?

Many things: Overactive salivary glands are usually nothing to worry about. Salavia is produced depending on your diet, spicy and acidic foods will increase production. So the first thing to do is change your diet.
Some medications as well as some medical cinditions can cause an increase in salvia. Some conditions that can cause this are gerd, infections, , allergies, stroke, pregnancy, bell's palsy, more. ...Read more

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Was wondering what illesses/diseases cause overactive salivary glands?

Varies: Common causes of excessive salivation include; allergies, infection in the mouth or throat, irritation in the mouth and gastroesophageal reflux. Some known medical side effects are, aricept, Compazine (prochlorperazine) and demster. ...Read more

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What would cause shrunken salivary glands?

What would cause shrunken salivary glands?

Quick list: Reduced salivary flow can happen for a lot of reasons. This list is probably not comprehensive but: age, medications, radiation, auto immune diseases.... ...Read more

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What causes salivary glands to oversecrete?

There are many: Possibilities. Certain medications can increase flow of saliva, but the list is short. Gi reflux is linked along with new (or even poor fitting) dentures. There are also some diseases that are attributed to this issue. Swallowing dysfunction can cause the perception of extra salivary flow. If you find this concern lasts more than a few days, consult w your pcp or your dentist. ...Read more

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What can cause one salivary gland is higher than the other?

What can cause one salivary gland is higher than the other?

Stone or infection: You could have a salivary stone or you might have an infection. Please see a dentist or doctor to determine the cause and to see if you need antibiotics. ...Read more

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What could cause an odd sensation in your salivary glands when eating sweets?

What could cause an odd sensation in your salivary glands when eating sweets?

Poss. Blocked duct: A blockage in a salivary gland or duct leading from the gland can give you a funny feeling in the gland and you may notice a swelling of your gland and face if the blockage becomes severe. The swelling or feeling may come and go depending upon what you eat and type of blockage you may have. Other things may also make your glands feel funny so go see your dentist for an exam and diagnosis. ...Read more

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What causes salivary gland disorders?

What causes salivary gland disorders?

Usually...: The most common problem is "sialoadenitis" where the gland gets blocked up, and becomes painful and swollen. Dehydration is a common cause. This can be initially treated with hot compresses, good hydration (lots of water) and sour foods/liquids taken 5-10x/day (vinegar, lemon juice, sour candies, etc). Ask your doctor for details about what he/she thinks the problem is. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Salivary gland swelling on both sides. What could cause this?

Salivary gland swelling on both sides. What could cause this?

Mumps? Other?: See your physician to first see if it's really your salivary glands that are swollen and secondly, what's causing the swelling. It would be very unlikely to have bilateral swelling of your salivary glands. One thing that can cause this is having the mumps. If your physician cannot determine the cause, he\she may refer you to an oral surgeon for a consultation. ...Read more

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Could vomiting cause salivary glands infection?

Could vomiting cause salivary glands infection?

Not likely: Continuous vomiting and binging (e.g. Bulimia) can result in enlarged salivary glands, but not infection. ...Read more

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What autoimmune disease causes over productive salivary glands?

What autoimmune disease causes over productive salivary glands?

Not typical: Typically an autoimmune disorder will not cause excess saliva. Reflux, new dentures, infection, pregnancy, or new medications can cause excess saliva. Some conditions affect muscle coordination and they can be associated with excess saliva. ...Read more

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How does any doctor know when someone has got an overactive salivary gland?

Hypertrophy?: Sialry gland tumours called sialadenomas cause enlargement and swelling. There are 3 pairs of major salivary glands called parotid, submandibular below the lower jaw and submental beneathtt he chin. We have to differentiate the adenomas -benign tumours from hypertrophy and stones causing blocking of salivary ducts, and the gland enlargements. By obvious swelling, and increase in size with eating. ...Read more

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What can cause an infection in the salivary gland other than a stone?

What can cause an infection in the salivary gland other than a stone?

Spit gland infection: Any obstruction from stone to adhesions/scar to tumor to trauma. Also positive oral air pressure can blow bacteria from the mouth into the system. And very commonly dehydration or poor salivary flow from medications, radiation exposure, auto-immune diseases, and diet/life style. ...Read more

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Can chronic dry mouth cause blocked salivary glands and other mouth issues?

Can chronic dry mouth cause blocked salivary glands and other mouth issues?

Dry mouth: I would expect that blocked salivary glands would be the cause of dry mouth better than the other way around. You should see a dentist to evaluate the patency of both your sublingual and parotid salivary glands. In the meantime use biotene or some other product to enhance and helpbto eliminate dry mouth. ...Read more

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Can TMJ cause swelling under right side of tongue or is it a salivary gland infection?

No.: Tmj problems will not cause a swelling under the tongue. A swelling under the tongue could be several things, from an infected sublingual salivary gland to a salivary gland stone or even a ranula. A ranula is a mucous cyst under the tongue connected with the sublingual salivary gland. Your dentist or physician should be able to help you figure it out. If it persists, you should seek treatment. ...Read more

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What are chances Mucocle caused by blocked/ruptured salivary gland once removed surgically will cause unevenness, leave scar, and permanent numbness?

What are chances Mucocle caused by blocked/ruptured salivary gland once removed surgically will cause unevenness, leave scar, and permanent numbness?

Mucocle P.Op. Symp.: Good day;
The dozen or so Mucocles I have recently removed have left no unevenness or numbness. There may be a slight scar which is not visible unless you reflect lip. If found on the visible portion of lip, I would suggest dermatologist or Plastic surgeon. ...Read more

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What can cause swollen lymph nodes or swollen salivary glands?

What can cause swollen lymph nodes or swollen salivary glands?

Many things: Swollen nodes are often a sign of infection. This can be due to allergy, bacteria, or viruses. On some occasions lymphoma or other cancers can cause this problem.
At 35 it is more likely to be benign. I would ask my doctor to evaluate. ...Read more

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Which infections can cause swollen salivary glands? Can HIV cause this? How about helicobacter?

Which infections can cause swollen salivary glands? Can HIV cause this? How about helicobacter?

Mumps: Unless y o u are vaccinated against, mumps or viral parotitis is an infection that targets mostly the large salivary glands like the parotid gland. Neither HIV nor Helicobacter specifically infect salivary glands ...Read more

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My salivary gland is swollen on the side I had three teeth remove one was a wisdom tooth. Is this cause for concern?

My salivary gland is swollen on the side I had three teeth remove one was a wisdom tooth. Is this cause for concern?

Do you mean: You have a swollen cheek? That would be normal for a wisdom tooth removal. If it isn't better in a week or ten days, see your oral surgeon. ...Read more

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Can routine, diagnostic dental X-rays, even from the past, really cause salivary gland tumors? Wouldn't more people have them?

Can routine, diagnostic dental X-rays, even from the past, really cause salivary gland tumors? Wouldn't more people have them?

X-rays: Every x-ray increases risk in the tissue it goes thru as it induces genetic changes in the cells it goes thru randomly.. Yes if they were a big cause then more people would have them.

You may want to go to pubmed and search dental x-rays and risk of cancer. ...Read more

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Can past, 80s and 90s, routine dental X-rays cause salivary gland tumors? Wouldn't more people have tumors, and they not be so very rare, if so?

Can past, 80s and 90s, routine dental X-rays cause salivary gland tumors? Wouldn't more people have tumors, and they not be so very rare, if so?

X-ray: Every x-ray increases risk of future cancer but risk is small. So does flying in an airplane due to other rays.
Discuss the "cause" of salivary tumor with your Dr. ...Read more

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I was wondering what are sublingual glands/salivary glands is it cause by my impacted wisdom teeth?

Normal Glands: The sublingual glands are normal anatomical structures that are one of the major salivary glands along with the parotid and submandibular glands responsible for producing saliva in the mouth. Impacted wisdom teeth are not responsible or contribute to the development of the glands. ...Read more

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I am 38 years old. My mouth generates too much saliva. Assuming I have overactive salivary glands. What I have read so far is that saliva is good to help digest food. But the problem I have is, I never feel thirsty and my mouth never ask for water as

I am 38 years old. My mouth generates too much saliva. Assuming I have overactive salivary glands. What I have read so far is that saliva is good to help digest food. But the problem I have is, I never feel thirsty and my mouth never ask for water as

See MD: Causes of saliva overproduction include pregnancy, excessive starch intake, gastroesophageal reflux disease, pancreatitis, liver disease, serotonin syndrome, oral ulcers, and oral infections.
Treatment should be directed toward the underlying cause. Some patients find relief with use of mouthwash and tooth brushing, which might have a drying effect.
If concerned, see MD for evaluation. ...Read more

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What causes a salivary gland behind my right ear and jaw line to swell?

Not salivary gland: Salivary glands are in the mouth. More than likely it's your lymph node (s) that may be affected and those can be swollen for differing reasons. See your physician for an exam. ...Read more

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Salivary Gland (Definition)

There are major and minor salivary glands. The major glands (parotid, submandibular, and sublimgul) are paired on each side of the jaw. There are about 300 minor glands scattered about the mouth and throat. They all produce saliva which keeps the mouth moist and helps with ...Read more