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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

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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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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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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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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

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