Your Saliva is Trying to Tell You Something. Are You Listening?
When was the last time you examined your saliva?
That might sound like an odd question, but your saliva can actually tell you a lot about your overall health. We are accustomed to blood tests, weighing ourselves regularly and using other measurements to determine whether or not we are healthy. Now, health professionals are turning to saliva for cues about their patients’ health.
Dr. Matthew Messina, spokesperson for the American Dental Association, says, “Saliva is the mirror of the body.” According to U.S. News and World Report, testing certain proteins, hormones, electrolytes and antibodies in the saliva can indicate a number of health problems such as diabetes and HIV.
You don’t have to get your saliva tested to know if something is wrong.
The quality and consistency of your saliva can also indicate a health problem. Here are a few types of saliva that could be pointing to a bigger problem in the body.
- Bitter Saliva
If your saliva has become bitter in taste, you could have acid reflux, or GERD. Acid Reflux causes stomach acid to rise into your throat and can leave a sour taste in your mouth. Taking medication, as well as changing your lifestyle and diet can help with acid reflux. Consult your doctor if you think you have Acid Reflux so they can provide a proper diagnosis and treatment plan.
- Stringy Saliva
If your saliva is stringy in texture or thread-like, this is likely an indicator of Xerostomia, or what is commonly known as Dry Mouth. Dry Mouth is a saliva deficiency that causes chronic dryness of the mouth. Moisture in your mouth is what helps thin out your saliva. If your mouth doesn’t have enough moisture, the saliva you are producing could become stringy in texture.
Dry Mouth can be caused by prescription medications, autoimmune disease, diabetes and/or cancer treatments. If you have stringy saliva due to Dry Mouth, a product like HYDRALIEFTM could help relieve your Dry Mouth discomfort and return your saliva to a healthy consistency.
- White or Clumpy Saliva
White or clumpy saliva could be a sign of a fungal or yeast infection in your mouth commonly known as thrush. While anyone can get thrush, it is more common in babies, toddlers and older adults. If you have diabetes or Dry Mouth, you are at a higher risk for this type of infection. If you think you could have a fungal infection, talk with your doctor immediately to develop a treatment plan.
When assessing your overall health, be sure to remember your mouth - especially your saliva.
It could be telling you something important.
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