Discharging saliva while speaking can be embarrassing, as it not only lands on your audience, but also can affect the way you verbalize certain words and syllables. When you speak, your tongue rubs against your teeth, gums and lips, which releases excess saliva into your mouth. Remember that the volume, speed and strong emphasis on certain letters can cause you to spit while talking; therefore, some easy exercises can lessen the chances of this occurring.
Controlling Your Speech
If you are a fast talker, controlling your speech helps lessen the chances of discharging saliva. When talking fast or loud, our tongues rub our teeth and gums more frequently, producing excess saliva. Slowing down your speech and quieting your voice lessens the amount of saliva produced and reduces the chances of you spraying someone mid-conversation.
When talking to an audience, be aware of the amount of saliva you produce. Remember to swallow during conversation to get rid of any excess saliva. This lessens the chance of spitting during a conversation and forces you to slow down your speech, which in turn, produces less saliva.
Treating Medical Conditions
If you find that natural remedies do not help your situation, visit with an ear, nose and throat specialist to see if you have a medical condition. The Mayo Clinic reports that a person who produces excess saliva could be experiencing a form of arsenic poisoning, Bell’s palsy, mouth infections or medication reactions. Visiting a medical doctor helps determine if your increased saliva production is a result of a medical condition which can be treated through a course of medications.
Glycopyrrolate or Scopolamine Patch
Dr. Robert Schmerling from Harvard Medical School reports those patients who experience excessive salivation or sialorrhea, can reduce salivating by using a Glycopyrrolate or Scopolamine patch. The chemicals in the patch stimulate saliva glands, which in turn decrease saliva production. The doctor warns that patients who utilize the patch can experience dry mouth, blurred vision or even a worsening of their current symptoms.
Certain pressure points on your body can be treated to decrease the amount of your saliva production. The acupressure point of LI 2, or the large intestine, along with brain activity, produces an excess of saliva in the mouth. Also the K3 point on the body (located near the ankle and heel) has been known to help pregnant women who suffer from excess saliva production.
Quentin Shires has been writing since 2003, covering topics such as safety issues, travel and counseling. Shires holds a Master of Science in mental health counseling from Nova Southeastern University and is working toward his Ph.D. in human behavior from Capella University.