Salivary Gland Conditions
Saliva is formed in the large (major) salivary glands, but also by hundreds of small (minor) salivary glands located throughout the lining of the mouth. Saliva is important for a healthy mouth.
Many conditions can cause changes to the salivary glands. These may have a very detrimental impact on quality of life and affect activities of day-to-day living such as speaking, eating or tooth-brushing. There may be discomfort or worry about the underlying causes and what the future may hold. Some changes are associated with serious and potentially life-threatening conditions where early recognition and management are important.
Examples of conditions affecting the salivary glands that fall within the scope of specialist Oral Medicine clinical practice include:
• Dry mouth
• Too much saliva
• Salivary gland swelling
Below are some case examples of salivary gland conditions that give an indication of the breadth of conditions and issues that may be involved.
|1||Dry Mouth – Sjogren’s Syndrome|
|2||Dry Mouth – Sjogren’s Syndrome - Lymphoma|
|3||Dry Mouth – Complications|
|4||Too Much Saliva - Sialorrhoea|
|5||Large Saliva Glands - Sialosis|