It is a part of the body that most people don't think about. They know they are there, but they don't worry about them too much. That all changes when the salivary glands are not working the way they should. Infected salivary glands can create a variety of problems, but how do you know when an infection is present if you never paid attention to them before?
Learning the signs and what happens can help you know when to seek help for infected salivary glands.
The Signs of Infected Salivary Glands
People that are over the age of 65, that have an immune system disease or that do not have good oral hygiene practices are at a higher risk for salivary gland infections. They need to pay attention to the signs that an infection is present.
The signs of an infection include:
Foul tastes in the mouth.
Pain in the face or mouth or when chewing food.
Swelling and redness in the mouth.
Fever and chills.
Pus in the mouth.
Difficulty opening the mouth fully.
The problem with many of these signs is they are also common signs for other oral health issues. It is important to recognize the signs are a potential problem and to check with our health professionals to find out if it is the result of a salivary gland infection.
What Can Happen
It is important to treat any infections in the body, including a salivary gland infection. The infection can cause other problems when left untreated. It can spread to other parts of the mouth and body. It can lead to an abscess. There is also the possibility that it could lead to the growth of cancerous cells. The infection can also lead to the destruction of the salivary glands.
The treatment for infection of the salivary glands involves the use of antibiotics. It is also possible to drain any abscesses that form. Drinking plenty of water and rinsing the mouth with salt water can help. Practicing good oral hygiene will help with the treatment and can help prevent more problems int eh future.
For more information about this or any other oral health issues, contact our office today.