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What is the definition or description of: salivary gland?

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Dr. Peter Selz
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 32 years experience
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.
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Dr. Bruce Apfelbaum
Dentistry 52 years experience
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.
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Dr. Hans Reinemer
Pediatric Dentistry 35 years experience
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.
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Dr. John Comisi
Dentistry 39 years experience
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.
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Dr. Robert Ryan
Dentistry 51 years experience
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.
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A 32-year-old male asked:

What is the definition or description of: Salivary gland disorders?

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Dr. Louis Gallia
Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial 46 years experience
Definition: Salivary gland disorders means ANY problem of the saliva glands: major or minor salivary glands. Anything - infection, tumors, stones, etc. See an ENT doc or oral surgeon for assessment/recommendations
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A 28-year-old male asked:

What is the definition or description of: salivary gland biopsy?

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Dr. Azen Jukic
Pathology 29 years experience
Sample: It is a way to take a part of the salivary gland tissue for an examination under the microscope. It is then examined by a pathologist such as i for signs of a disease.
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