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
- Genetics Home Reference: lacrimo-auriculo-dento-digital syndrome (National Library of Medicine)
- ClinicalTrials.gov: Salivary Gland Diseases (National Institutes of Health)
Journal Articles References and abstracts from MEDLINE/PubMed (National Library of Medicine)
- Article: FBP2 and Talin-1 are potential protein markers for Mongolian medicine...
- Article: Oral Sensory-Motor Intervention for Children and Adolescents (3-18 Years) With...
- Article: Facial nerve dysfunction after superficial parotidectomy with or without continuous...
- Salivary Gland Disorders -- see more articles
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