Your salivary glands make saliva - sometimes called 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 the glands to become irritated and swollen. This causes symptoms such as
- Bad taste in the mouth
- Difficulty opening your mouth
- Dry mouth
- Pain in the face or mouth
- Swelling of the face or neck
- Salivary Glands (American Academy of Otolaryngology--Head and Neck Surgery)
- Mouth Dryness or Thick Saliva (American Cancer Society)
- Genetics Home Reference: Lacrimo-auriculo-dento-digital syndrome (National Library of Medicine)
Journal ArticlesReferences and abstracts from MEDLINE/PubMed (National Library of Medicine)
- Article: Salivary duct carcinoma: the predominance of apocrine morphology, prevalence of...
- Article: Recurrent sublingual ranula or saliva leakage from the submandibular gland?...
- Article: Does salivary duct repositioning prevent complications after tumor resection or...
- Salivary Gland Disorders -- see more articles
- Mouth and Throat (National Cancer Institute)
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