Your salivary glands are in your mouth. You have three pairs of major salivary glands and hundreds of small (minor) glands. They make saliva (spit) and empty it into your mouth through openings called ducts. Saliva makes your food moist, which helps you chew and swallow. It helps you digest your food. It also cleans your mouth and contains antibodies that can kill germs.
Problems with salivary glands can cause them to become irritated and swollen. You may have symptoms such as
- A bad taste in your mouth
- Difficulty opening your mouth
- Dry mouth
- Pain in your face or mouth
- Swelling of your face or neck
- Mouth Dryness or Thick Saliva (American Cancer Society)
- Genetics Home Reference: lacrimo-auriculo-dento-digital syndrome (National Library of Medicine)
Journal Articles References and abstracts from MEDLINE/PubMed (National Library of Medicine)
- Article: Dose compensation based on biological effectiveness due to interruption time for...
- Article: Warthin's tumor with necrotizing tuberculous granulomatous inflammation causing severe facial nerve...
- Article: Epithelial-myoepithelial carcinoma originating from a minor salivary gland in the nasal...
- Salivary Gland Disorders -- see more articles
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