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Clogged salivary gland

08/29/2007

Question:

two or three times a year I experiance what I feel is a clogged salivary gland on the right side of my mouth. suddenly it will begin to swell just below my ear causing pain when I try to eat. It will go away if I don`t chew but it takes about 3 days then a little stone like item will come out of my cheek inside my mouth and if I push on the swelling below my ear it will drain in my mouth and then be fine. What causes this and is there anything I can do to prevent it from happening or do I just live with it.

Answer:

I suggest you see your local dentist when the swelling is present.

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Response by:

David Lee Hall, DDS David Lee Hall, DDS
Clinical Associate Professor of Primary Care
College of Dentistry
The Ohio State University