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Q: What causes too much saliva? I have dentures but cannot wear them because saliva accumulates in my mouth and makes me gag.
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October 17, 2014
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First make sure that the problem is too much saliva. Some people have trouble swallowing, so they cannot keep up with clearing out a normal amount of saliva.

If swallowing is not a problem, there are several possible causes of excess saliva:

  • An infection in the mouth
  • Poorly fitting dentures
  • Some medicines, such as pilocarpine, potassium chlorate, risperidone, ketamine and clozapine
  • Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)

Medicines can be prescribed for excess saliva, and surgery also is an option in some cases.

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