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How Salivary Gland Disorders Can Affect Your Oral Health

Posted on 6/15/2024 by Advanced Center Oral Surgery and Dental Implants
digital image of upper body human profile with salivary gland illuminatedGood oral health involves a lot more than simply having a radiant smile. It also means ensuring all parts of your mouth are functioning optimally. Although often overlooked, salivary glands play a vital role in oral health and function. They produce saliva, which lubricates the mouth, aids digestion, and protects against tooth decay and gum disease. Unfortunately, salivary glands are susceptible to various disorders that can affect their function, causing oral health complications. Here are three common salivary gland disorders and how they impact oral health.


Xerostomia, or dry mouth, is a common disorder resulting from the salivary glands being unable to produce sufficient saliva to lubricate the mouth. Without adequate saliva, the mouth becomes dry and uncomfortable. This can affect your ability to chew, swallow, or even speak. Insufficient saliva also creates favorable conditions for bacteria to thrive, increasing the risk of tooth decay and gum disease.

Sjogrens Syndrome

Sjogrens Syndrome is an autoimmune illness that occurs when the immune system damages the glands responsible for moisture production in the body. The condition commonly affects the tear and salivary glands, which is why it is characterized by dry mouth and eyes. However, it is often accompanied by other symptoms, such as swollen salivary glands, blurry vision, itchy eyelids, and joint pain and swelling.


Sialadenitis refers to the inflammation of the salivary glands. The condition can be caused by bacterial and viral infections, blockages in the saliva ducts, and autoimmune diseases. Sialadenitis often results in swelling, pain, and tenderness in the affected glands. In severe cases, it can lead to abscess formation, requiring medical intervention. The inflammation can impair saliva flow, leading to dry mouth and an increased susceptibility to oral infections and dental problems.

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Recognizing the signs and symptoms of salivary gland disorders is essential for early detection and intervention. If you are experiencing dry mouth or other unusual symptoms related to your salivary glands, contact our practice to book an appointment with our OMS specialist.
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