As you might know, teething infants and toddlers are drooling moppets. The act of teething naturally stimulates their salivary glands to produce an excess of beneficial saliva. But after age three at the latest, children's surplus drooling days should be over.
So, if you or someone you love (age four or older) experiences excessive drooling, it can be the result of:
- Swallowing issues or poor mouth/tongue control that's not related to extra saliva production. It might signal a serious health issue.
- Hypersalivation is brought on by overproduction of the salivary glands. This is usually an effect of a treatable health issue.
So, how can you tell if someone's drooling is normal or excessive? And what exactly causes excessive drooling? Most importantly, how can you treat it to avoid awkward social situations.? We'll give you the scoop.