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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.
ByHealthwise StaffPrimary Medical Reviewer Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine Martin J. Gabica, MD - Family Medicine
Current as ofJune 26, 2018
Current as of:
June 26, 2018
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & Martin J. Gabica, MD - Family Medicine