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.

Current as ofMarch 28, 2019

Author: Healthwise Staff
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
Martin J. Gabica, MD - Family Medicine