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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 glands.
Current as of: March 28, 2019
Author: Healthwise StaffAdam Husney, MD - Family MedicineMartin J. Gabica, MD - Family Medicine
Current as of:
March 28, 2019
Medical Review:Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & Martin J. Gabica, MD - Family Medicine
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