Hypersalivation, the excessive production of saliva, is an issue that many people with dentures have to face, but there are a number of ways to reduce the problem. Here are just four.
1. Visit Your Dentist
Hypersalivation is commonly associated with new dentures. Your mouth will register a foreign body, and saliva production will be increased in order to break it down; since the denture cannot be broken down like food, saliva production stays high for a few days. People wearing braces and retainers often experience hypersalivation for the same reason. If you've just been fitted with dentures, wait a week or so to see if the problem persists. If it does, visit your dentist.
However, hypersalivation can start developing again, even after years of wear. This is normally a sign that your dentures need to be refitted or replaced. Changes in the size and shape of your gums can cause your dentures to sit differently, which will increase salivation once again. They may even press up against a salivary gland. If you're suddenly experiencing excess salivation, visit your dentist so they can check the fit of your dentures.
2. Avoid Sweets and Sours
If you're struggling to deal with hypersalivation, you can help mitigate the issue by temporarily avoiding foods that are either rich in sugar or excessively sour. Sugary treats can increase your body's saliva production, as can sour foods and drinks. Be particularly careful to avoid citrus fruits, such as lime, lemon and grapefruit — they possess an especially tart taste.
3. Eat Dry Snacks
Hypersalivation is rarely a serious issue, but it can be incredibly inconvenient and embarrassing for the few days in which it persists. If your mouth is still getting used to your new or refitted dentures, excess saliva can make it hard to speak. To help prevent this problem, try snacking on foods that have a dry texture. Crackers, for example, are a great choice. If you need to make a presentation or take an important call, try eating a couple to help dry out your mouth.
4. Rest Your Gums
When people hear that hypersalivation tends to be caused by the mouth registering their dentures as a foreign body, it's common to try to eliminate the problem by wearing them throughout the day and night. Unfortunately, this often has a negative effect. If too much pressure is being placed on certain parts of your mouth without a break, the stress can cause an increase in saliva production. Even if it doesn't, wearing dentures without a break can cause significant discomfort. Make sure you take them out at night to give your gums a rest.