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When are salivary glands activated?

When are salivary glands activated?

Something in mouth: Usually they are activated when we put something in the mouth or when we think of or smell good food. ...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


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What's the role of salivary glands?

What's the role of salivary glands?

Digestion: Salivary glands secrete saliva which helps the soft mass of chewed food go down the esophagus easily. Saliva contains enzymes which help break down food. Saliva production may be pharmacologically stimulated by pilocarpin, & cevimeline; suppressed by tricyclic antidepressants, ssri, & some antihypertensives. ...Read more

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What would cause shrunken salivary glands?

Quick list: Reduced salivary flow can happen for a lot of reasons. This list is probably not comprehensive but: age, medications, radiation, auto immune diseases.... ...Read more

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Is there a thing such as having incomplete salivary glands?

Salivary glands: What do you mean by incomplete salivary glands? Are you talking about not having enough saliva in your mouth? There are many causes of salivary gland problems. See a dentist, or and oral surgeon about your concerns. ...Read more

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Please help! what is the cause of overactive salivary glands?

Many choices: Could be anything from an intolerance to a medication or a new food to a new acrylic oral appliance. Check with an md if it does not resolve soon. ...Read more

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Was wondering what illesses/diseases cause overactive salivary glands?

Varies: Common causes of excessive salivation include; allergies, infection in the mouth or throat, irritation in the mouth and gastroesophageal reflux. Some known medical side effects are, aricept, Compazine (prochlorperazine) and demster. ...Read more

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After minor salivary glands are removed how long would they take to regenerate?

Minor salivary gland: There are thousands of minor salivary glands in the lining of your lips, cheeks, and throat. If some are removed, there are still many available to maintain good moisture in your mouth. Minor salivary glands do not regenerate once they have been excised. ...Read more

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What causes salivary glands to oversecrete?

There are many: Possibilities. Certain medications can increase flow of saliva, but the list is short. Gi reflux is linked along with new (or even poor fitting) dentures. There are also some diseases that are attributed to this issue. Swallowing dysfunction can cause the perception of extra salivary flow. If you find this concern lasts more than a few days, consult w your pcp or your dentist. ...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 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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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 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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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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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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Dr. David Rosenfeld
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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