Your salivary glands produce saliva, which helps not only in breaking down the food you eat, but also in keeping your mouth moist. Saliva is important because it stops bacteria in the mouth from multiplying and causing premature tooth decay. You have many different salivary glands in your mouth which are located in various places. The three major groups salivary glands are classified under are parotid, sublingual, and submandibular.
The last group of salivary glands are located beside the jaw. They provide moisture to your mouth just like the other, but they are some of the largest salivary glands you have, so you need to pay special attention to them.
Signs Of An Infection
It may seem strange, but your salivary glands can actually become infected if proper dental hygiene is not practiced on a daily basis. When the glands nearest to your jaw become infected, they can cause pain that may seem like other conditions such as TMD. Other common symptoms of an infected salivary gland include a constant nasty taste in your mouth, pus in your mouth, a dry mouth, and various degrees of facial swelling near the gland that is infected.
If you have been recently sick, you also have the potential to get an infected gland. The infections that give us sore throats like strep are the primary cause for infection. So, if you feel pain in your jaw while sick or after recently being sick, it could mean that you have an infection in you salivary gland.
We are here to help you with any dental issues you have. If you think you are currently suffering from a salivary gland infection, give us a call to set up an appointment. We will be happy to help determine the cause of your pain and figure out the best way to treat the problem, as well as your pain.
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