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What are parotid glands?

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Dr. Phil Zapanta
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 21 years experience
Salivary gland: The parotid glands are paired salivary glands. They are the biggest of the major salivary glands (others are submandibular glands and sublingual glands). The parotid gland is located below your ear, extends forward underneath the skin of your neck, and travels inferiorly to your neck.
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Salivary glands: There are two. Left and right. Located in your cheeks. They are the largest of the salivary glands.
Dr. Arnold Malerman
Orthodontics 53 years experience
Major Salivary Gland: Located in the cheeks at the back of the lower jaw on either side. These are the glands that swell when you get mumps.
Dr. Michael Nordstrom
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 38 years experience
Parotid glands: We all have three pairs of "major" salivary glands and numerous "minor" salivary glands. The parotids are the largest and are located in front of and below the ears in the cheeks. They produce saliva which aids in moisturization with chewing but also with the early phase of digestion. The other major glands are the submaxillary and sublingual glands. Google it for images to help in the anatomy.

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