Decreased Saliva Clearance

Decreased saliva clearance occurs due to several causes. The common causes are infections, intake of medications, dehydration, radiotherapy, chemotherapy, mumps, and problems in the jaw. Taking artificial saliva products and drinking plenty of water will increase saliva production.

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My mom does not have salivary secretion even after 6 months of chemotherapy. Why?

Query: Hello doctor, My mother is suffering from neck and tongue cancer. Doctor suggested radiation and chemotherapy and we have completed the treatment successfully before six months. But until now, the process of saliva in the mouth is not started yet. Can you prescribe some medicine for it? And we are...  Read Full »

Dr. Raturi Vijay Parshuram

Answer: Hello, Welcome to As per your information, your mother has undergone chemo-radiotherapy for carcinoma tongue with lymph nodes. So while delivering the radiation dose to cancer, the parotid (salivary gland) gland was also exposed to radiation leading to radiation-induced xerostomia (...  Read Full »

Are altered taste and less saliva production related to Bell's palsy?

Query: Hi doctor, I have followed your advice regarding back pain. My pain is minimal, and I am still continuing with the exercise. Now, I have another problem. My appetite has become very poor, and I cannot eat most of the things I used to eat before. This became an issue even before the Bell's palsy prob...  Read Full »

Dr. Rajyaguru

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have read your symptoms in detail. Both altered taste and less saliva are actually because of your Bell's palsy. As you know, Bell's palsy affects the facial nerve. Facial nerve function includes taste perception as well as 50% of saliva production. The alt...  Read Full »

How do I recover from excess saliva production?

Query: Hi doctor, My tongue produces lot of saliva. How do I recover from this problem? Sometimes, my saliva is dropping down in front me.  Read Full »

Dr. Baidya Nath Majhi

Answer: Hello, Welcome to The causes of hypersalivation include excessive starch intake, reflux disease, pancreatitis, liver disease, oral infections and decreased saliva clearance. So, before trying any medication try some lifestyle modification. If that did not help then you can use some...  Read Full »

Inside my mouth, I have a white dot on cheek area. What could this be?

Query: Hello doctor,I am 22 years old. On the right side of my mouth on the cheek, I have a white dot that looks like a pimple on my Stenson's duct. I have had it for at least a month now. It does not cause any pain. Yet, I wake up with a dry mouth every morning. I checked my left side and it looks fine. M...  Read Full »

Dr. Muzaffer Hussain Parray

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I would like to mention that the data you provided is insufficient. You have not exactly mentioned the location of the white dot and you have not palpated that. My diagnosis would have been more accurate if you would have attached some pictures. Even then, I will g...  Read Full »

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