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Salivary Gland Infection Treatments


Talk with your doctor about the best treatment plan for you. Treatment options include:

Good Oral Hygiene

Flossing and thorough tooth brushing at least twice a day may help with healing. Warm salt water rinses can help keep the mouth moist. It may also help if you quit smoking.


  • Antibiotics—to control bacterial infections only; not effective for viral infections
  • Medications—to treat underlying conditions, such as Sjogren’s syndrome or AIDS
  • Anti-inflammatories—to manage swelling and pain

Blockage Removal

Your doctor may need to remove a stone, tumor, or other blockage. Increasing saliva flow may be all that's needed to remove a mucus plug.

Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Copyright © 2023 EBSCO Publishing All rights reserved.

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