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A 20-year-old female asked:

Everytime i eat my salivary gland under my tongue swells and after a few minutes the swelling goes down. is something wrong?

4 doctor answers13 doctors weighed in
Dr. Theodore Davantzis
Dentistry 41 years experience
Blocked Duct ?: It is possible that you have a blocked salivary duct. See a local oral surgeon to have it examined and treated, if necessary.
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Dr. Stephen Pyle
Dentistry 40 years experience
Clogged duct: Sounds like a clogged duct. You are producing saliva normally, but drainage from the gland to the floor of the mouth is impeded. Usually a plug of mucous or bacteria or a calcium stone causes the blockage. It's not a complete blockage as the swelling does go down. You can try holding hot salt water in your mouth to see if that helps expel the blockage. Normally resolves with time.
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Dr. John Thaler
Prosthodontics 42 years experience
Sublingual duct: Partial blockage of your duct. May resolve over time depending on the cause - trauma, inflammation, stone developing (sialolith), etc. If it persists, see the Oral Surgeon. Often this can be cleared with a small cannula. Good Luck.
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Dr. Paul Grin
Pain Management 37 years experience
Blockage, see DDS: Blockage makes saliva back up inside the duct, causing the salivary gland to swell. The treatment varies with the cause. See your dentist today.
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Dr. Mary David
Dr. Mary David commented
Specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology
The other option would be an ear, nose, and throat specialist
Feb 18, 2015
Last updated Nov 27, 2017

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