Salivary Gland Disorders
What Is It?
The salivary glands make saliva and release it into the mouth.
There are three pairs of relatively large, major salivary glands:
Parotid glands. Located in the upper part of each cheek, close to the ear. The duct of each parotid gland empties onto the inside of the cheek, near the molars of the upper jaw.
Submandibular glands. Under the jaw. They have ducts that empty behind the lower front teeth.
Sublingual glands. Beneath the tongue. They have ducts that empty onto the floor of the mouth.
In addition to these major glands, 600 to 1,000 very tiny, minor salivary glands are scattered throughout the mouth and throat. They are located under the moist skin that lines the: