While You Sleep
By Stephanie Lai & Joras
After a string of celebrations and partying (Christmas, New Year, CNY and Valentine’s) in less than two months, it is time to pull our acts together and think about something more serious. Health related to be exact. This week we will talk about abnormal salivating while sleeping. Sounds boring? Yeah, but what’s more important than our health, no? Ignorance might lead to greater health problems in the future.
Salivating is normal but if it is triggered by internal health problems, extra care needs to be taken. Let’s take a look at some causes of abnormal salivation.
1. Unhealthy dental and oral hygiene or infection
Dental and oral infections tend to cause excessive salivation which leads to overflowing of saliva from mouth while sleeping. For example, food remnants that were left unattended in teeth for an extensive period will lead to formation of tartar, causing gum infection and minor bleeding. This will then make our saliva salty. This type of saliva will leave a yellowish stain on bedding products over time. Taking good care of your oral and dental hygiene will help prevent these disorders.
2. Facial nerve disorder leading to excessive salivation
Facial nerve disorder or paralysis can follow a nasty cold or if face is exposed to extreme coldness or wind, leading to abnormal salivation. Thus, it is advisable to protect our face from extreme weathers using scarves or beanies.
Disproportionately grown teeth force people to sleep with an open mouth causing abnormal salivation. A visit to the dentist and getting dental braces might help cure this disorder.
3. Overuse of brain
Overuse of brain, fatigue or intake of unusual medication might cause neurological disorder. This might cause the brain to send wrong signals which lead to abnormal salivation. Adequate rest and a healthy diet will improve health and mood, increasing the body’s natural defense. If abnormal salivation prevails, it is wise to visit the doctor to get to the bottom of the problem.