One of the problems with dentures that people complain about is that they salivate excessively with their dentures in. At first, this is a normal response. After all, having a foreign body in the mouth can stimulate food-related responses as well as responses to non-food in the mouth (such as gagging). It will normally pass after a few days.

Getting Through a Period of Excess Salivation

dreamstime_xs_35520457In order to encourage your body to adapt and accept dentures with a normal salivary response, you have to keep wearing them. This can be hard because the excess salivation is unpleasant and hard to deal with. Here are some tips that can help you get through.

Remember this is normal: Don’t assume that excess salivation means there’s something wrong with your dentures.

Keep calm: Anxiety about your dentures will only make the adaptation period worse. Try not to think excessively about your dentures. Find distractions that will keep your mind off your dentures. For many people, excess salivation persists as long as there is anxiety about dentures.

Get support: Talk to friends who also have dentures. They will probably tell you similar stories about their adaptation period. Talking to your dentist can also help you get through this period.

Medication: In some cases, we can use medication to help control salivation. This is only a last-ditch strategy, used when we are sure there is no other good way to help you adapt.

What If Excess Salivation Persists?

If you continue having excess saliva after a few weeks of persistent denture wearing, there may be a problem with your dentures. Often it’s because your dentures are pressing on nerves or glands in your mouth that stimulates saliva production. There are many reasons why this may be the case:

  • Dentures are too tall and holding your jaw in a normal position stimulates nerves that should only be stimulated when chewing.
  • Dentures don’t fit your bite, causing uneven pressure that, again, stimulates nerves that tell your salivary glands you’re chewing.
  • Dentures are too thick, pressing on the cheek, tongue, or gums.
  • Dentures extend too far into the corners of the mouth.
  • Painful dentures.

If your denture is responsible for any of these causes, the only way to stop excess salivation is to reshape or replace your dentures. Which is appropriate depends on the exact nature of the problem.

If you are looking for better-fitting dentures that can prevent excess salivation, please contact a local FOY® Dentures dentist today.