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Are dry mouth toothpaste/mouthwashes like biotene / bioxtra safe for long term use even after having a dry mouth? Any possible harm to salivary gland?

Are dry mouth toothpaste/mouthwashes like biotene / bioxtra safe for long term use even after having a dry mouth? Any possible harm to salivary gland?

Biotene safety: As a product manufactured and distributed under the auspices of the fda, biotene and its related products must meet minimal safety requirements set by that agency. "dry mouth" is a common malady, is often multifactorial in its etiology, and often there are concomitant diseases which contribute to the severity of the problem. See your dentist for a complete evaluation of your situation. ...Read more

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

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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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?

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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Will the doctor be able to tell if I have a salivary gland disorder?

Will the doctor be able to tell if I have a salivary gland disorder?

Yes: Salivary gland disorders are a broad group of disorders.

You need to be more specific... Ie: drooling, dry mouth, swelling of the salivary gland, pain, abnormal taste sensation, etc.

More specific questions will lead to more appropriate answers... ...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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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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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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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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Home remedies for salivary gland infections?

Home remedies for salivary gland infections?

Try this: If it is very mild then a combination of hot moist soaks to the gland, vigorous hydration with water and sugar free lemon candy can be of benefit in hopefully stimulating salivary flow and alleviating whatever obstruction is causing problems with the gland. Anything more than just a mild irritation, though, should be treated with antibiotics. ...Read more

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What are common symptoms of a salivary gland infection?

What are common symptoms of a salivary gland infection?

Salivary gland: For the parotid glands in each cheek, their ducts lead to the cheek side of the upper second molars, and sometimes these ducts can become blocked, causing in some cases an infection, but this is rare. More often the blockage caused build up of fluid and swelling in one cheek with pain, often warm to the touch, and sometimes pinkish in color. If infected a fever may be present. See your dds soon! ...Read more

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Where are your salivary gland opening under your tongue?

Where are your salivary gland opening under your tongue?

Wharton's Duct: On either side of the lingual frenum, the skin that looks like a vertical wall under your tongue. ...Read more

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Are there any home remedy for an inflamed salivary gland?

Are there any home remedy for an inflamed salivary gland?

Home remedy: Try warm salt water rinses, or antiseptic rinses like chlorhexedien rinses OTC, it might work for the sublingual gland but if the inside of the cheek ones might get parotid gland infected, if that persists see a doctor or a dentist for treatment. ...Read more

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What is the most effective blocked salivary gland treatment?

Sialendoscopy: Noninvasive technique to remove salivary gland stones. The tiny lighted scopes are inserted into the gland's opening to visualize the salivary duct system and locate the stone. Then, micro instruments are used, and the surgeon can remove the stone relieving the blockage. ...Read more

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

Saliva gland sample: Often done as a needle biopsy, if taken from a salivary gland can be useful with other diagnostic data to diagnose or rule out glandular cancer or other glandular disorders, especially in the aid of diagnosing sjogren's syndrome. I believe an ENT doctor to be the correct specialist to consult with. ...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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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 ...Read more