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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


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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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When I awake in the morning, my saliva is discolored and very thick. Why?

When I awake in the morning, my saliva is discolored and very thick. Why?

Morning saliva: Thick saliva in the morning could be related to medications, not enough hydration before you go to sleep, nighttime stress, mouth breathing, etc. There is generally less saliva production overnight. Make sure you brush and floss well before bedtime and see your dentist for regular dental check ups. ...Read more

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Does thick saliva indicate anything bad?

Does thick saliva indicate anything bad?

Not always: Could be normal for some people. Best to get checked out by a dentist. ...Read more

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How to stop having this sensation of thick saliva?

Thick Saliva: Thick saliva can be caused by dehydration, post nasal drip, allergies, sinusitis, upper respiratory infections, diabetes, hypoglycemia and radiation therapy. Also, foods, chemo and medications. ...Read more

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While running why does my saliva get sticky?

While running why does my saliva get sticky?

See below: You are likely breathing heavily when running which can dry your mouth out. You may also be dehydrated which can lead to a dry mouth. Be sure to drink plenty of water before and after all workouts. ...Read more

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Why does sugar cause thick saliva?

Why does sugar cause thick saliva?

Hypertonic: Like the spoonful of sugar that makes the medicine go down. Lyric from the Sound of Music.
Sugar draws water to it. It thickens and becomes less granular. Hence, hypertonic. Mucous contains water therefore it thickens when it encounters sugar. ...Read more

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Thick, stringy saliva comes out when I sleep. Is this normal?

Thick, stringy saliva comes out when I sleep. Is this normal?

Thick saliva: Is that a recent situation or you have been going through this situation for a while? Have you ever been diagnosed with sleep apnea? And if it is something recent are you getting over a cold or throat infection? Excessive viscous mucus could accompany disorders of the breathing passages or respiratory tract disorders. ...Read more

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Thick yellow saliva in morning when wake up; 54 year old woman?

Thick yellow saliva in morning when wake up; 54 year old woman?

Possibly Mucus: If your saliva is thick, there is mucus within, possibly you're a mouth breather with sinus congestion. You may want to consider seeing an otolaryngologist (ear, nose, throat physician), if your sinus has been a problem.
You could also try nasal saline rinse (neti pot) prior to going to bed to clean and rinse your sinus and see if this helps. ...Read more

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Do allergies make u have thick saliva?

Do allergies make u have thick saliva?

Not usually: Environmental allergies can lead to copious mucus from the nose and eye watering, but typically do not affect saliva. Food allergies can lead to mouth itching, tingling and swelling but again, do not typically affect the consistency of saliva. ...Read more

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2weeks old baby with sticky saliva.can't sleep comfortably lying down that's why i put her in my chest.what can I do?thanks

2weeks old baby with sticky saliva.can't sleep comfortably lying down that's why i put her in my chest.what can I do?thanks

What do you mean by: Sticky saliva? If your baby is getting adequate intake, the saliva should not be sticky and causing problems. Perhaps you are describing a yeast infection which makes the tongue and inside of the cheek coated with white material. This needs Rx. Many newborns sleep better with head elevated, and you can put a wedge under the mattress to raise that, or let her sleep in a bouncer/rocker. ...Read more

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I've been getting thick saliva when I wake up for months now, sometimes its brown. I drink plenty of water too so that can't be it.

Sinusitis?: Several reasons for this like, the bedroom temp is too high drying out the moisture in the room, you may have also developed an allergic sinusitis, if you are a smoker you need to stop. The Best thing for you to do is see your primary care physician and/or an ENT specialist to figure it out. ...Read more

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My fiance has this habit of showing strings of saliva when speaking. He doesn't spit, but those strings are very thick and disgusting. How can they be?

Dryness of mucosa: The symptoms is likely due to dryness of the mouth. It may be as simple as the person not drinking enough water. Advise him to drink enough water daily so that his urine is colorless. If that does not help it would be prudent to consult a doctor to evaluate for disorders causing dry mouth, xerostomia.
You may consult this site for more info:
http://www.webmd.com/oral-health/guide/dental-health-dry-mouth ...Read more

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When I wake up in the morning my mouth is full of thick brown smelling saliva and it drips to my pillowcase, this has been happening for years. Do you?

When I wake up in the morning my mouth is full of thick brown smelling saliva and it drips to my pillowcase, this has been happening for years. Do you?

Not Normal: This should have been addressed a long time ago. Without knowing anything at all about you, not even your age, your best bet is to be examined by a local physician to determine the cause and possible treatment. ...Read more

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I got thick saliva in my throat. Help?

I got thick saliva in my throat. Help?

Thick saliva: Hello. The saliva you are noticing might be thick and tenacious because it is dehydrated. In the cooler months after the heat gets turned on, we dehydrate the water from the mucus and saliva at a faster rate. Also, dryness can be related to prescribed and otc medications. Drink more fluid, review your medications with your doctor or pharmacist and sleep with a humidifier. Good luck. ...Read more

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Each morning I wake up with a mouth full of saliva, and it smells and it is thick. What are the possible reasons for this?

Thick saliva odor: Thick saliva with a bad odor can mean many things. It could be a dental abscess, periodontal disease, sinus infection and maye even digestive issues. I suggest you see a dentist and an MD to evaluate your condition. ...Read more

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Dad cannot clear his own secretions. Advanced dementia, 85 yrs old. At times coughs hard and thick saliva comes out. For 8 mnths. Is he dying? Helpme

Dad cannot clear his own secretions. Advanced dementia, 85 yrs old. At times coughs hard and thick saliva comes out. For 8 mnths. Is he dying? Helpme

My dad...: Went through the same thing. The secretion being coughed up is more than likely fluid that can't be pump out of the lungs and so it builds up in the lower respiratory system and then is expelled via the upper respiratory system. It is probably cardiovascular. Only way to know for sure is to check with doc. It sounds like he has lived long good life. I wish you and your father the best. ...Read more

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I have been waking up in the mornings with blood in my saliva, it is flemy and quite thick for the first spit then one or two spits later it is gone,?

I have been waking up in the mornings with blood in my saliva, it is flemy and quite thick for the first spit then one or two spits later it is gone,?

Concerning : Certainly there should not be blood in your saliva when you wake up... Although this can be as simple as from a bloody nose where you might have swallowed blood- you should see your doctor. ...Read more

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Why does saliva get really thick and my teeth hurt when running?

Why does saliva get really thick and my teeth hurt when running?

Teeth hurt: You may be breathing heavy that is causing dry mouth, but you may have underlying dental issues, see a dentist for an evaluation asap. ...Read more

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15 months old with fever since yesterday 38-39 too much and too thick saliva didn't eat anything today and want to sleep all day?

15 months old with fever since yesterday 38-39 too much and too thick saliva didn't eat anything today and want to sleep all day?

Fever: Your child should be seen ASAP. Wanting to sleep, high temp and not eating are signs that your child should be examined ...Read more

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I've constant overactive saliva glands at the base of my tongue which feels thick. It started 6 weeks ago after acute pancreatitis. Will it settle?

I've constant overactive saliva glands at the base of my tongue which feels thick.  It started 6 weeks ago after acute pancreatitis. Will it settle?

Usually does: Usually it does.try to hydrate yourself with a lot of water.when you eat chew very well.anr eat slowly, as I said usually it goes away.if not ask your doctor. ...Read more

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I suffer coughing attack once in a while, my saliva gets really thick. This happens after I drink anytthing cold . Itake a hypertensive maintenance drug amlodipine?

Yes, It's Common: Amlodipine can cause reduced saliva and dry mouth. Both can lead to thicker saliva and a tickle in the throat with chronic coughing. Stay well hydrated, which can reduce these symptoms, but may cause more frequent urination. ...Read more

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Why is it that every morning I wake up of me getting such thick saliva, or mucus in my mouth?

Mouth breathing: And dehydration... quite common problems. Stay well hydrated throughout the day. Consult with a doctor for possible sleep disordered breathing. ...Read more

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My child of 27day has this thing coming out of his mouth it's a thick saliva that stretches, loots like a wet cough, someone suggested Acc 200? Help!

My child of 27day has this thing coming out of his mouth it's a thick saliva that stretches, loots like a wet cough, someone suggested Acc 200? Help!

Humidity: It sounds like your child has thick secretions. I'm not sure what Acc 200 is, but please do not use any cold medicines on a child so young. It will not work, and the side effects are dangerous. If your child is coughing, try a humidifier or a room with steam (run a hot shower). Nasal saline wash may also be helpful. If he/she is sick, not eating, having trouble breathing, please see a doctor! ...Read more

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I am constantly swallowing my own saliva, my lips are always sticky and the amount of saliva is forcing me to constantly swallow throughout the day.?

Ptyalism: It is not abnormal to make saliva and swallow through the day, unless you are making a large amount. That is called ptyalism. See either a dental professional, general MD or ENT to evaluate your situation.

Further information: http://www.oralb.com/topics/what-is-ptyalism.aspx. Or for a more technical link see: http://www.fpnotebook.com/ENT/Sx/Drlng.htm. ...Read more

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How come when I run. My gums feel itchy and when I rinse it with water. My saliva is really sticky almost like blood mix with it.

How come when I run. My gums feel itchy and when I rinse it with water. My saliva is really sticky almost like blood mix with it.

Dessication: Breathing through your mouth as is typical for a runner can dessicate the mucosal skin in your mouth producing variable symptoms. If you can slow down and breathe through your nose more, it may help. ...Read more

Saliva (Definition)

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 ...Read more