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Parotid glands secrete saliva into the mouth. The saliva moistens the
mouth to help a person chew and swallow food. Saliva also contains substances
(enzymes) that begin the breakdown of food.
A parotid gland is located in front of and slightly below each ear. The two parotid glands are the largest of the three main types of salivary
ByHealthwise StaffPrimary Medical ReviewerAdam Husney, MD - Family MedicineSpecialist Medical ReviewerMartin J. Gabica, MD - Family Medicine
Current as ofFebruary 3, 2017
Current as of:
February 3, 2017
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & Martin J. Gabica, MD - Family Medicine
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