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Dr. Ronald Krauser
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Salivary Gland (Overview)

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.


Dr. Ronald Krauser
1 Doctor shared a insight

Salivary Gland (Overview)

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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What causes an overactive salivary gland?

What causes an overactive salivary gland?

Hunger: I'm not sure what you mean. You'll salivate if you're hungry. If your salivary glands are swollen, they could be blocked with a stone or thick mucus. Dehydration can be part of the problem there, also infection, and sometimes autoimmune disease. ...Read more

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How can I treat lower salivary gland pain?

Diagnosis first: Unless you are a dentist, you can't be sure that the pain you are experiencing is in fact coming from your salivary gland. It might well be a lymph node or something else such as an infection. Please see your dentist or even better yet an oral surgeon for a proper diagnosis and then the appropriate treatment. ...Read more

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Is it possible to feel the salivary gland?

Is it possible to feel the salivary gland?

Not sure what you me: You definitely should be able to feel the major salivary glands, known as the parotid and submandibular glands. ...Read more

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How do you diagnose a salivary gland disease?

Several ways.: Xrays, Mri, ct scan, needle aspiration, die injection many many ways. Good luck ...Read more

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Could you be able to feel your salivary gland?

Yes: Especially if you have irritated one bit biting it or rubbing it on something jagged like a broken tooth or braces. Very common on lower lip. Could also have sialolith which is a salivary gland "stone" that can clog a salivary duct. ...Read more

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I've got very periodic pain in salivary gland, any help?

I've got very periodic pain in salivary gland, any help?

Pain from?: See your own dentist or an oral surgeon to find out for sure what's causing your pain. You may have some inflammation, infection, salivary duct stone or.....It may be something else entirely. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: salivary gland?

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. ...Read more

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What does it taste like after a salivary gland unblocks?

Usually bad: When there is an obstruction of the salivary gland, there usually is an infection that follows. So when the stone or obstruction is removed, you will have puss expressed from the duct. It doesn't taste good from what patients tell me. ...Read more

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What information is there about salivary gland blockages?

Ask your ENT: There are several ways of dealing with blocked salivary glands. If you want information on treatment options, I would definitely ask a pod otolaryngologist (ENT) in your area. It all depends on which gland and what is causing the blockage. ...Read more

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What can cause one salivary gland is higher than the other?

What can cause one salivary gland is higher than the other?

Stone or infection: You could have a salivary stone or you might have an infection. Please see a dentist or doctor to determine the cause and to see if you need antibiotics. ...Read more

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Was wondering what illesses cause an overactive salivary gland?

Many things: Overactive salivary glands are usually nothing to worry about. Salavia is produced depending on your diet, spicy and acidic foods will increase production. So the first thing to do is change your diet.
Some medications as well as some medical cinditions can cause an increase in salvia. Some conditions that can cause this are gerd, infections, , allergies, stroke, pregnancy, bell's palsy, more. ...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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How can one treat a tumor in the salivary gland?

How can one treat a tumor in the salivary gland?

Salivary gland: A fine needle aspiration could be performed on the salivary gland to determine the cause of the lump. Also, the result of the fna could help the surgeon plan treatment and/or potential surgery. ...Read more

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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 swelling on both sides. What could cause this?

Salivary gland swelling on both sides. What could cause this?

Mumps? Other?: See your physician to first see if it's really your salivary glands that are swollen and secondly, what's causing the swelling. It would be very unlikely to have bilateral swelling of your salivary glands. One thing that can cause this is having the mumps. If your physician cannot determine the cause, he\she may refer you to an oral surgeon for a consultation. ...Read more

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When salivary gland is swelling any other symptoms will come....

When salivary gland is swelling any other symptoms will come....

Seek an eval: Swollen salivary glands can be on the floor of the mouth, cheeks or palate. This can be indicative of an infection, blockage or a dysplasia of some degree. It is necessary to seek a dental eval asap. If it is an infection borne issue, you may note a fever, swollen glands and a possible increase or decrease in saliva. Most likely a benign treatable issue. Please seek care immediately. ...Read more

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What can I do to unblock my salivary gland (below my right chin)?

Heat/massage: Gentle massage or milking of the gland, as well the application of warm compresses. I also recommend the use of sialogogues. Those are substances that increase the production of saliva, like sour candies or lemon juice. ...Read more

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