Saliva serves as a natural cleanser for the mouth. Therefore, it you have an infection of the salivary gland, you should have the infection treated immediately. Read the following information to learn more about the oral condition.
What Is a Salivary Gland Infection?
Also called sialadenitis, a salivary gland infection typically results from a bacterial infection and a blockage, such as a salivary stone. This stone may lodge in the submandibular salivary glands beneath the jaw or the parotid salivary glands next to the ear. While the infection and blockage can affect anyone, it is often experienced by people who are chronically ill or older people. If the infection spreads to the deep tissues of the neck or head, it can turn into a life-threatening illness. The infection can cause dry mouth, which can lead to dental decay and gum irritation and disease.
What Are the Symptoms of a Salivary Infection?
If you get a salivary infection, you may experience pain, redness, and tenderness of the oral tissues as well as chills and fever. To combat the infection, it is usually necessary to administer antibiotics and provide hydration. If you suspect you have this kind of problem, you need to have the complaint reviewed by our professional and knowledgeable team of OMS specialists. A salivary infection may require more invasive therapy with respect to the removal of a blockage. Be sure to get the problem totally evaluated to choose your best course of action and treatment plan.
The salivary gland is an important gland, as it supports the saliva flow in the mouth. When it is impaired, it can lead to serious problems medically and dentally. For any of your concerns along these lines, contact our professional OMS team. Direct any concerns to us so we can support all facets or your oral health. Give us a call now to schedule a consultation.
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