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Mouth (Definition)

Mouth (mouth) " n. Pl. Mouths 1. A. The body opening through which an animal takes in food. B. The cavity lying at the upper end of the alimentary canal, bounded on the outside by the lips and inside by the oropharynx and containing in higher vertebrates the tongue, gums, and teeth. C. This cavity regarded as the source of sounds and speech. D. The opening to any cavity or canal ...Read more


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Are salivary gland blockages of the parotid gland painful? Because I have a lump thats not painful in my cheek near my upper molars

Are salivary gland blockages of the parotid gland painful? Because I have a lump thats not painful in my cheek near my upper molars

Sounds like: Sounds like a blocked parotid gland. This is not necessarily a painful problem. Any "lump" should be investigated. Could be one of many problems. Please call your dentist for an appointment for evaluation and rx. ...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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What are salivary gland disorders?

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

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 ...Read more

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What are possible treatments for salivary gland disorders?

What are possible treatments for salivary gland disorders?

Depends: The most common problem is "sialoadenitis" where the gland gets blocked up, and becomes painful and swollen. 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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What are possible side effects for treatments of salivary gland disorders?

What are possible side effects for treatments of salivary gland disorders?

It depends: Salivary gland disorders range from viral and bacterial infections, benign and malignant tumors, obstruction, and autoimmune related inflammation. Treatments depend on the cause of the disorder and side effects depend on the medical or surgical management needed to improve or resolve the condition. ...Read more

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Should I be worried if I have a salivary gland disorder?

Should I be worried if I have a salivary gland disorder?

Depends: You have major salivary glands as well as minor saliary glands that produce saliva. There are a number of salivary gland disorders. Whether or not you should be deeply concerned or not will depend upon your symptoms, the glands involved and the diagnosis provided for you by your doctor. ...Read more

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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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Parotid Gland Disorders (Definition)

The parotid gland is the largest in the face and lies right in front of the ear then extends inferiorly to the area behind the ear. The facial nerve runs right through the gland. It secretes serous saliva more than mucous. It can have infections, blocked ducts, ...Read more