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Scott E. Keith, DDS, MS, FACP
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Why Your Dentures Make You Salivate More Than Usual


Posted on 4/10/2019 by Front Desk
Why Your Dentures Make You Salivate More Than UsualWhen you make the decision to get dentures, you may expect that they will arrive, you'll pop them in your mouth, and then life will go on as normal. While it would be nice if this were the case, the reality is that you will have a period of adjustment.

Some of our patients find that they have to learn how to speak and chew when using their dentures due to the "newness” of wearing them.

While you may not have this type of experience, you probably will experience at least a few unusual things. One such thing is excess salivation. If you are experiencing excess salivation, here are a few reasons why.

Your Mouth is Adjusting

The biggest reason why you salivate is that your mouth is not used to being held in the position that the dentures force it into. This should lessen within a few weeks as your mouth adjusts to its new position. Until then, just remind yourself that this is not a big deal, and pretty much everyone who wears dentures has this experience.

Your Dentures May Need to Be Adjusted

If, after a few weeks, the excess salivation is not decreasing, then it might be time to inspect your dentures. Sometimes dentures that are too tall can cause excess salivation. The reason for this is that holding the jaw in a certain position actually stimulates nerves in your mouth. These nerves are responsible for sending the signal to your salivary glands that it's time to eat—which means producing more saliva.

If your dentures are too tall, it is usually a relatively simple fix. Just come in and let us take a look at the dentures. We can quickly tell you whether your dentures need to be adjusted.

As always, we are here to help you, so call us if you have any questions.




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