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Salivary Gland (Definition)

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 ...Read more


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What is good for clogged salivary glands?

What is good for clogged salivary glands?

Major or Minor?: A partial obstruction of the duct of one of the major salivary glands (ie parotid, submandibular) with a sialolith can sometimes be treated conservatively with ample hydration, heat application, promoting salivary flow with candy, and sometimes an antibiotic is needed. When you say "clogged" i assume partial obstruction. Follow dr. Hinson's advice though, and see an oral surgeon for a diagnosis. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of swollen salivary glands?

Cheek/chin swelling: Major salivary glands are located at near your cheeks, under your tongue, and under your lower jaw. Swelling in these areas could be from salivary glands. Swollen salivary glands can be result of a blocked salivary duct, infection, or tumor. If there is a blocked duct, the swelling may come and go when eating. Pain may be present in all 3. ...Read more

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What are salivary gland disorders?

Salivary disorders: You have 6 major and hundreds of minor salivary glands. They make saliva (spit), which is important for oral hygiene and digestion. Your 6 main glands are the paired parotid (in cheeks), submandibular (under the jaw) and lingual (in the floor of the mouth). A "disorder" would encompass many problems like infection, blockage (salivary stones), inflammation, tumors, etc. ...Read more

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What causes salivary gland disorders?

What causes salivary gland disorders?

Usually...: The most common problem is "sialoadenitis" where the gland gets blocked up, and becomes painful and swollen. Dehydration is a common cause. This can be initially treated with hot compresses, good hydration (lots of water) and sour foods/liquids taken 5-10x/day (vinegar, lemon juice, sour candies, etc). Ask your doctor for details about what he/she thinks the problem is. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Why is my left salivary gland swollen?

Possibilities..: It could be blocked, inflamed , or there could be a tumor. I would suggest seeing an oral surgeon or ENT physician for an evaluation. ...Read more

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What do you do for an abscessed salivary gland?

Antibiotics: Generally, oral or IV antibiotics will work fine for it. However, if not improving, may need surgical drainage, particularly if you have a stone in the gland or duct. ...Read more

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What are the tests for salivary gland disorders?

What are the tests for salivary gland disorders?

Not many: Generally a good history from the patient and physical exam will get an appropriate diagnosis. Sometimes lab work is helpful if a systemic problem is suspected (sjogren's syndrome), and ultrasound or ct or other x-rays can help if salivary stones or tumors are a concern. ...Read more

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