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What is the definition or description of: salivary gland?

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Dr. Peter Selz answered

Specializes in ENT and Head and Neck Surgery

Salivary gland: There are major and minor salivary glands. The major glands (parotid, submandibular, and sublimgul) are paired on each side of the jaw. There are about 300 minor glands scattered about the mouth and throat. They all produce saliva which keeps the mouth moist and helps with the digestion of food.

Answered 2/9/2017

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Dr. Bruce Apfelbaum answered

Specializes in Dentistry

Secretes saliva: Glands in and around the face & mouth secrete a substance called saliva into the mouth. This is a natural lubrication & also helps in the digestion of the foods that we eat. There are major glands & minor ones. The majors are named parotid & submandibular, & sublingual glands. The minor glands are in the linings of your mouth.

Answered 11/27/2017

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Dr. Hans Reinemer answered

Specializes in Pediatric Dentistry

Major and minor: The definition is a gland in the orofacial region which produces saliva. There are three major types which include the parotid, submandibular and sublingual glands. There are also minor salivary glands which are located inside the lip and cheek areas.

Answered 9/19/2015

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Dr. John Comisi answered

Specializes in Dentistry

Vital - mouth health: Glands are found in and around your mouth and throat. The major salivary glands the parotid, submandibular, and sublingual glands.They all secrete saliva into your mouth used to moisten your mouth, initiate digestion, and help protect your teeth from decay. As a good health measure, it is important to drink lots of liquids daily. Dehydration is a risk factor for salivary gland disease.

Answered 10/26/2016

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Dr. Robert Ryan answered

Specializes in Dentistry

See Below: A 'salivary gland' is an organ that produces saliva. In humans, there are three pairs (right and left) of glands, located in the head, that produce saliva. There are dozens of much smaller accessory salivary glands located in the mouth area-they also help to keep the mouth moist.

Answered 6/11/2015

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