Cures for a Watery Mouth

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Cures for a Watery Mouth
Wearing dentures may cause excessive saliva. (Brand X Pictures/Brand X Pictures/Getty Images)

The sensation of having too much water in your mouth is caused by excessive saliva, or sialorrhea. This condition is often temporary and may be caused by various factors including pregnancy or certain medications, according to the Mayo Clinic. Individuals who wear dentures may experience excessive saliva production, as do babies when teething. Treatment methods for sialorrhea vary depending upon the cause of the condition.

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Gastro-oseophageal Reflux Disease

Gastro-oseophageal Reflux Disease, or GERD, is a common cause of excessive saliva production, according to The Telegraph. Eating a balanced and maintaining a healthy weight may prevent the symptoms associated with GERD, in addition to avoiding foods that commonly cause heartburn and acid reflux. Over-the-counter acid relievers or prescription medications may also provide relief. If other treatment options do not relieve your symptoms, you might consider surgery.

Medication Adjustment

Some medications such as clozapine or medications used to treat seizures or mental conditions may cause your saliva glands to produce too much saliva, according to MSN. If you are experiencing excessive saliva production and are taking prescription medication, talk to your doctor about adjusting your dose or finding an alternative medication.

Treatment Medications

Medications such as glycopyrrolate or a scopolamine patches may provide relief from excessive salivation. Side effects of these medications may include blurred vision or constipation. If you suffer from glaucoma, taking these medications may worsen your condition, according to MSN.

Surgery and Radiation

Surgery to inhibit or remove salivary glands will provide relief for individuals suffering from excessive saliva. Radiation treatments may also be effective. However, because radiation treatment increases the risk of cancer, it is only used on older patients, according to MSN.

Alternative Treatments

If other treatment options do not work for you, consider an alternative treatment. Acupuncture may provide relief from excessive saliva. Having injections of botulinum (Botox) in your salivary glands may provide relief for a few months at a time.

Infection and Oral Health

An infection in your mouth or throat may cause sialorrhea. If you notice excessive saliva in addition to pain or swelling, see your dentist. Treating the inflammation and infection may ease the symptoms. If swollen tonsils are causing excess saliva production, the tonsils can be surgically removed.

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