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A 31-year-old member asked:

can you tell me about what it's like to have a stone in their salivary glands?

3 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Jonathan Engel
Dentistry 39 years experience
It can hurt: A stone can block the ducts that allow the saliva to exit the duct. If it doesn't exit there is a pressure build up. Pressure on nerve endings causes pain. See your health care provider ASAP
Dr. Tarek Hamid
Dentistry 9 years experience
Pain,congestion : It can hurt from congestion of the gland from presence of the stone in the duct,obstructing it,have it examined by a dentist or oral surgeon ASAP .
Dr. Stephen Gordon
Dentistry 43 years experience
Try this: I have had some patient success with this technique. Suck on the most SOUR sour lemon drop you can find. If the stone is small enough, the build up of saliva will push the stone out. It can take several attempts. If unsuccessful, see an Oral Surgeon or ENT (Otolaryngologist).

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A 40-year-old member asked:

What's the role of salivary glands?

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Dr. Robert Carroll
Nuclear Medicine 53 years experience
Digestion: Salivary glands secrete saliva which helps the soft mass of chewed food go down the esophagus easily. Saliva contains enzymes which help break down food. Saliva production may be pharmacologically stimulated by pilocarpin, & cevimeline; suppressed by tricyclic antidepressants, ssri, & some antihypertensives.
A 43-year-old member asked:

When are salivary glands activated?

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Dr. John Van der Werff
Dentistry 39 years experience
Something in mouth: Usually they are activated when we put something in the mouth or when we think of or smell good food.
A 30-year-old member asked:

I keep getting stones in my salivary glands. Should i be concerned?

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Dr. Thomas Yash
Dentistry 46 years experience
Yes: Getting salivary stones can be an inconvience with the discomfort and swelling of glands. However, they can cause a backup leading to pain and infection. You may have a predisposition to other calcifications like kidney or gall stones. Let your md know about your concerns.
Milwaukee, WI
A 56-year-old female asked:

What would cause shrunken salivary glands?

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Dr. Franklin Allen
Dentistry 13 years experience
Quick list: Reduced salivary flow can happen for a lot of reasons. This list is probably not comprehensive but: age, medications, radiation, auto immune diseases....
Potsdam, NY
A 19-year-old female asked:

What could cause an odd sensation in your salivary glands when eating sweets?

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Dr. Scott Bobbitt
Dentistry 32 years experience
Salivary stone : Could be a complete or partially blocked gland from a calcification or mucous plug. See your dentist for an evaluation of your salivary flow.

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