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Mr John Chaplin - Thyroid and Head & Neck Surgeon, Otolaryngologist

Private Service, ENT/ Head & Neck Surgery

Salivary Gland Disorders (Including Salivary Gland Stone Removal)

There are three large pairs of glands (parotid, sublingual and submandibular) in your mouth that produce saliva which helps break down food as part of the digestion process.
 
Reduced saliva can lead to increased tooth decay and difficulty speaking and swallowing.
 
Good dental care is important in this condition. In some cases, saliva substitutes can be helpful.
 
Salivary Gland Swelling
If the duct or tube carrying saliva from the gland to the mouth becomes blocked, the gland will swell. The glands can also swell as the result of mumps, bacterial infections and certain other diseases.
 
Salivary Gland Stone Removal
An incision (cut) is made through the mouth or throat into the blocked duct that drains the gland and the stone removed.

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