Display Mode:

    Main content

    Health Information

    Salivary Glands

    Salivary Glands

    Picture of salivary glands

    Salivary glands produce saliva, which moistens the mouth to help a person chew and swallow food. Saliva also contains substances (enzymes) that begin the breakdown of food.

    There are four pairs of salivary glands:

    • The parotid glands are located between the ear and the jaw.
    • The submandibular glands are located under the jaw.
    • The sublingual glands are located on the floor of the mouth under the tongue.
    • The buccal glands are not shown in this picture. They are located in the mucous membrane lining the cheeks and mouth. These glands produce only a small amount of saliva.

    ByHealthwise Staff
    Primary Medical Reviewer Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
    Martin J. Gabica, MD - Family Medicine
    Specialist Medical Reviewer E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine

    Current as ofFebruary 24, 2016

    Current as of: February 24, 2016

    Author: Healthwise Staff

    Medical Review: Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & Martin J. Gabica, MD - Family Medicine & E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine

    This information does not replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise, Incorporated, disclaims any warranty or liability for your use of this information. Your use of this information means that you agree to the Terms of Use. Learn how we develop our content.

    © 1995-2016 Healthwise, Incorporated. Healthwise, Healthwise for every health decision, and the Healthwise logo are trademarks of Healthwise, Incorporated.