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What To Do For a Salivary Gland Infection

A salivary gland infection occurs when the salivary glands are blocked, and therefore the glands cannot drain the saliva. This type of gland infection produces foul-tasting pus that drains into a person’s mouth. It also is excruciating and creates a tender lump within the salivary gland.

Those who suspect they are experiencing an infection of their salivary gland should not ignore the problems associated with a salivary gland condition, as this can lead to further complications.

Before learning how to treat an infection of the salivary gland, it is good to understand what can happen if left untreated. Our bodies are capable of fighting off infections with the help of our immune systems. However, people who are more likely to suffer from this gland infection are more likely to have a compromised immune system.

In addition, the infection can spread to other parts of the mouth and body. If leaving this type of gland infection untreated, a possible outcome is the growth of cancerous cells. In addition, the infection can destroy the salivary glands. Neither possibility is a wanted outcome.

Types of Treatment For a Salivary Gland Infection

Like many infections, antibiotics are an excellent way to treat them. If the infection has led to an abscess, it is often best to drain the abscess using fine-needle aspiration. Our dental staff is trained to perform fine-needle aspiration. However, there are some things to do at home to alleviate symptoms.

These at-home treatments include:

  • Drinking lots of water
  • Rinsing with salt water several times a day
  • Massaging the area surrounding the infected gland
  • Placing warm compresses on the salivary gland area
  • Sucking on lemons to Increase the production of saliva

Moreover, if an individual suffers from chronic salivary gland infections, surgery is an option.

If an individual is experiencing an infection of the salivary gland, reach out to our office in Rockwall, Texas, immediately to discuss treatment options. Do not wait until it gets worse. 

Contact our dental offices today to schedule an appointment to get the help you need.

Salivary Gland Infections at Rockwall Oral Surgery

Ready to find relief from oral pain? Our team is eager to assist our patients with personalized dental surgery options and treatments. Contact Dr. Pollock at Rockwall Oral Surgery to schedule a dental appointment. We are available by phone at (469) 264-8921 or email at info@dentalimplantsurgery.com.

We look forward to helping people find relief from their dental pain!