Salivary glands produce saliva to moisten the mouth, help protect teeth from decay, and aide in the digestion of food. There are three major salivary glands in the mouth, the parotid, sumandibular, and sublingual glands. The saliva prodcued by these glands drain into the mouth through small ducts. 

Plus, in addition to the three major glands that are approximatley 600-1,000 tiny glands within the lips, inner cheek, and in the lining of the mouht and throat. Salivary gland problems usually occur when the ducts become blocked and the salvia cannot drain.

Diagnosis, Treatment, and Therapies

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