Salivary Gland Disease

What are the salivary glands?

Most of us have probably never spared a thought for our salivary glands. However, experiencing a salivary gland condition would change that, and make us (painfully) aware of these previously unnoticed body parts!

What do salivary glands do?

The salivary glands produce saliva, which moistens our mouths and helps us to chew, swallow, and start to digest food. Saliva also helps to prevent tooth decay and contains anti microbial chemicals to keep our mouths healthy..

Salivary Glands | My ENT Specialist
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Where are my salivary glands?

You have three main pairs of Major Salivary Glands:

In addition to the main salivary glands, you also have over 600 minor salivary glands, which help to keep your mouth and throat moist.

What can go wrong with my salivary glands?

Various problems can affect your salivary glands. These include:

If you have a problem with your salivary glands, your GP is likely to refer you to Dr McGuinness who is an ENT specialist to provide the care that you need.

Salivary Gland Disease