Salivary gland stones, which are also called sialolithiasis, occur when someone has too much calcium in the body, becomes chronically dehydrated, or suffers from a bacterial staph infection. These all cause the salivary glands and ducts to become swollen, which will block the flow of saliva.
Because saliva is such an important part of helping your mouth naturally wash away harmful bacteria and acid, having healthy salivary glands is part of having good oral health.
Symptoms Of Salivary Gland Stones
When salivary ducts become blocked by salivary stones, the saliva has nowhere to go. This will inevitably cause pain, swelling, or even a fever. Other symptoms of salivary stones include:
- Chronic bad breath caused by dry mouth or infection in the glands
- Saliva that tastes bitter or has a gritty texture
- Difficulty or pain when opening and closing the mouth
- Visible stones or lumps in the salivary glands underneath the tongue
If salivary glands aren’t quickly treated, they can cause a bacterial infection, which can be dangerous and may even require surgical drainage or IV antibiotics.
Preventing Salivary Gland Stones
The best way to prevent developing stones in the salivary glands is to make sure to maintain a sufficient flow of saliva. This means making sure to stay hydrated and practice good oral hygiene. This includes brushing at least twice a day, flossing daily, and visiting your regular dentist for a dental cleaning and a checkup.
If you believe you have salivary gland stones, please make an appointment with your dentist immediately.
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