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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:
September 8, 2021
Author: Healthwise StaffMedical Review: Adam Husney MD - Family MedicineMartin J. Gabica MD - Family MedicineLesley Ryan MD - Family Medicine
Current as of: September 8, 2021
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine & Martin J. Gabica MD - Family Medicine & Lesley Ryan MD - Family Medicine
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