Dentist Questions Salivary Gland Disorders

I am having excessive saliva secretion in my mouth. Does it mean an infection?

All of a sudden I am producing excessive saliva. I am noticing it because I feel like I am involuntarily drooling at times. Does it indicate an oral infection?

14 Answers

Hmm, this is an unusual complaint and one that certainly will not enhance dating opportunities. Saliva includes proteins and minerals in addition to water. All of this is necessary to prevent tooth decay. So in exchange for this important social problem, you will have fewer cavities. A more common complaint is that people do not produce enough saliva.
Increased salivation is not a symptom of an infection
No, not at all.
Visit your Dentist as soon as possible for evaluation and treatment.
As an orthodontist I believe that specialist should handle specialty problems. This is not to say a general practitioner cannot put forth an opinion but this involves possibly the immune system and an endocrinology issue that might be best served in the doctor's office who treats these problems. I think in this issue I would work down from the top rather than up from the bottom for the quickest resolution of your discomfort
No
You should get tested it might be because of the diet you are having.
Not for certain. If this persists longer than a week or there is discomfort, please contact a dental professional.
Probably not infection. Are you taking any new medications or have you quit taking medications recently? This can lead to changes in salivary flow. Many other medical conditions can increase or decrease salivary flow. Infection typically does not.
Good morning and thank you so much for your question.
An increase in saliva production could have a lot of causes. A lot of systemic diseases, medications, toxins, etc., can all increase saliva's production. Mouth ulcers, oral infections can increase saliva's production as well. So, the answer is yes, your excess in saliva secretion can be indicating an oral infection; so you need to visit your dentist.

Have a wonderful day.
Hello there. Not at all. Excessive Saliva never means infection. This could be due to some metabolic changes or dietary changes. If any thing, more Saliva is better than less Saliva. No worries at all
No, it's very unlikely that it would indicate an infection. Talk with your dentist to determine what might be causing it.

Eric Buck
There is a possibility that you have an infection, but excess salivation can be cause by many different things. If you haven't seen a dentist in a while, I would recommend a dental exam to rule out any dental issues. Then you can go to your primary care physician to rule out other endocrine or GI issues.
NO especially if it's every day. If there's a bad taste or coming from a specific tooth you want to make sure it's not pus from an infection.