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A 39-year-old female asked about a 66-year-old female:

I have swelling in my face on one side of jaw. google suggested salivary gland cancer but would my doctor noticed it upon examining my mouth? i have no numbness or anything. it came on suddenly. they think its abscessed tooth. dental appt is made?

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Dr. Theodore Davantzis
Dentistry 41 years experience
It would be prudent to have your teeth examined to determine if the swelling is due to an abscess. If it is due to your salivary gland, it may be as simple as a blocked duct.
Dr. Arnold Malerman
Orthodontics 54 years experience
There's an old adage about computers. Garbage in, garbage to. Trust your Dentist, with years of training and experience, to make the right diagnosis. Chances of salivary gland cancer very rare. Chances of abscessed tooth very common. Go see your Dentist.

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