A to Z: Sialadenitisenparentshttps://kidshealth.org/EN/images/headers/P-khAZDictionary-enHD-AR1.jpgLearn about sialadenitis, an infection of the saliva-producing glands.sialadenitis, parotiditis, sialoadenitis, salivary gland infection, parotitis, salivary glands inflammation, abnormal taste, dry mouth, Sjogren's syndrome03/27/201304/11/201909/02/2019b9c564bc-c8f1-4a27-b44d-125fd4ee0db8https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/az-sialadenitis.html/<p>Sialadenitis is when the glands that make saliva (spit) become enlarged and inflamed. It can be caused by an infection from a <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/az-viral.html/">virus</a> or bacteria.</p> <h3>More to Know</h3> <p>Sialadenitis is most common among elderly people but can affect people of all ages, including infants. It can be acute (short-lasting) or chronic (long-lasting).</p> <p>People with sialadenitis generally experience redness, swelling, and pain at the affected site in the <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/mouth-teeth.html/">mouth</a>. Other symptoms may include a foul taste in the mouth, dry mouth, decreased mobility in the jaw, <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/fever.html/">fever</a>, and a general ill feeling. Sometimes pus drains into the mouth.</p> <p>At increased risk for the condition are people who are sick, <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/dehydration.html/">dehydrated</a>, malnourished, recovering from surgery, or taking certain medications. A stone or a kink in the salivary duct, certain diseases like autoimmune diseases, and poor oral hygiene also increase the chance of getting sialadenitis.</p> <p>Some cases can be effectively treated with home remedies like warm-water rinses, drinking lots of water, massaging the area, warm compresses, pain medication, and taking a sialogogue (something that increases the production of saliva, like a sugarless sour candy or chewing gum).</p> <p>For bacterial infections, antibiotics will be prescribed. If the infection is severe or spreading, IV (intravenous) antibiotics may be required. Thoroughly brushing and flossing teeth twice a day will help prevent the spread of infection.</p> <h3>Keep in Mind</h3> <p>Most people make a full recovery from sialadenitis with early treatment. Left alone, however, it can lead to an <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/abscess.html/">abscess</a> (a collection of pus) or a severe infection, so it's important to see a doctor as soon as you notice symptoms.</p> <p><em>All A to Z dictionary entries are regularly reviewed by KidsHealth medical experts.</em></p>
AbscessAn abscess is a sign of an infection, usually on the skin. Find out what to do if your child develops one.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/abscess.html/f31fd7e9-3f18-41b3-9409-0075181f6ca4
Germs: Bacteria, Viruses, Fungi, and ProtozoaGerms are tiny organisms that can cause disease - and they're so small that they can creep into your system without you noticing. Find out how to protect yourself.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/care-about-germs.html/59b8feef-766a-4272-ac83-38140b1d176a
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Gum DiseaseGum disease doesn't just happen to people your grandparents' age - it can happen to teens too. Get the details here.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/gum-disease.html/74cf7201-de04-4789-9baf-9334fc7d57d8
Keeping Your Child's Teeth HealthyHere are the basics about how to care for your child's teeth - and when.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/healthy.html/ee269f09-e62c-4f49-b81f-fdc0631485f1
Mouth and TeethDid you know that your mouth is the first step in the body's digestive process? Or that the mouth and teeth are essential for speech? Learn about the many roles your mouth and teeth play.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/mouth-teeth.html/5a8e1bcb-2da9-4821-8214-788f464d2742
Taking Care of Your TeethThere's a lot more to taking care of your teeth than breath mints and mouth sprays. Read this article to learn the facts on flossing, how to give plaque the brush-off, and much more.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/teeth.html/c52995e7-4d13-44bf-9330-ec4d7ffd725c
What Are Germs?You know they can hurt you, but what are these invisible creatures? Find out in this article for kids.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/kids/germs.html/cd877075-9d39-4c9a-b4f8-d67cb341050f
What's Spit?Saliva, also known as spit, is a clear liquid that's made in your mouth 24 hours a day, every day. If you want to know more about spit and what it's made of, check out this article for kids.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/kids/spit.html/bd561e34-39c4-4a90-941c-ebc4018e69a9
Word! AntibioticsThese awesome medicines attack bacteria that make you sick.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/kids/word-antibiotics.html/a5faf2a1-624e-49ff-a61e-47ca42fa9649