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Unit 14 The Mouth and Salivary Glands. 2 20 2011 online ed. The Mouth. Also called oral cavity Beginning digestive system Encloses dental arches (rows of teeth) Receives saliva from salivary glands. Anatomy: Mouth. 2 Divisions Oral vestibule: Space between teeth and cheeks

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the mouth
The Mouth
  • Also called oral cavity
  • Beginning digestive system
  • Encloses dental arches (rows of teeth)
  • Receives saliva from salivary glands
anatomy mouth
Anatomy: Mouth
  • 2 Divisions
    • Oral vestibule: Space between teeth and cheeks
    • Oral cavity or mouth proper
      • Space between dental arches
      • Roof formed by hard and soft palates
      • Floor formed by tongue
      • Communicates with pharynx posteriorly via oropharynx
anatomy mouth1
Anatomy: Mouth

Hard palate

Most anterior portion of roof

Formed by maxillae and palatine bones

Soft palate

Begins behind last molar

Movable musculomembranous structure

  • Median vertical band on inferior surface of tongue
  • Restricts posterior movement of anterior part of tongue


Mastication (chewing)


Apex- anterior

Base- posterior

Sublingual space-

Part of floor that lies under tongue


Small pendulous process in center of inferior border of soft palate


Helps keep food from going wrong way down esophagus when swallowing

Singers credit uvula with letting them produce a vibrato, a wavy up-and-down sound.




Body’s 1st line of defense of immune system

They “sample” bacteria and viruses that enter body through mouth or nose at risk of own infection

Can be more liability than asset!

Common problems:

Recurrent bacterial infections (throat or ear)

Significant enlargement can obstruct airway causes breathing, swallowing, and sleep problems


Like tonsils, adenoids help keep body healthy by:

- trapping harmful bacteria and viruses that you

breathe in or swallow

- containing cells that make antibodies to help body fight infections

brushing teeth isn t always enough
Brushing teeth isn’t always enough!
  • Abscesses, chronic tonsillitis, and infections around tonsils produce foul-smelling, cheese-like formations

Pheew! Really bad breathe!

how many salivary glands
How many salivary glands?
  • 3 pairs
    • Parotid (para-otid-situated near the ear)
    • Submandibular
    • Sublingual (lingual-of tongue: relating to, using, or similar to)
  • Produce how much saliva per day?

about 1 Liter

what does saliva do
What does saliva do?

Saliva mixes with food during mastication

Softens food

Keeps mouth moist

Contributes digestive enzymes

parotid glands
Parotid Glands
  • Largest salivary gland
  • Lies immediately anterior to external ear
  • Parotid duct opens into oral vestibule opposite 2nd upper molar
submandibular gland
Submandibular Gland
  • Extends posteriorly from below 1st lower molar to angle of mandible
  • Greater portion extends below mandible
  • Submandibular duct opens into mouth on side of frenulum
sublingual glands
Sublingual Glands

Smallest pair

Located in floor of mouth

Numerous, small sublingual ducts open into floor of mouth

  • Radiologic exam of salivary glands and ducts using contrast media
  • Infrequently performed to investigate ducts
  • CT and MRI have largely replaced this exam

May be used to demonstrate:

    • Inflammatory lesions
    • Tumors
    • Fistulae (abnormalconnection or passagewaybetween two epithelium lined organs or vessels that normally do not connect)
    • Diverticula (outpouching of hollow structure inbody)
    • Strictures (narrowing of bodily passage)
    • Calculi
  • Problem -Only one gland can be examined at a time!
  • Submandibular and parotid glands are investigated by this method
  • Sublingual gland is usually not evaluated this way- Why not?
        • Difficulty in cannulation

(cannula: tube that can be inserted into body, often for delivery or removal of fluid)

  • Severe infection of gland
  • Known allergies to contrast media

Preliminary radiographs

Detect conditions that do not require contrast

Obtain optimum exposure factors

Give pt secretory stimulant 2 to 3 minutes before contrast administration

Pt asked to suck on lemon wedge

-Opens duct for easy identification

procedure cont d
Procedure (cont’d)
  • Duct is cannulated, not punctured, contrast introduced with fluoroscopic guidance
  • Take Radiographs
  • After radiographs, pt sucks on a lemon wedge again to evacuate contrast
  • Take post-procedure radiographs after 10 minutes to confirm evacuation of contrast



Lateral (Right or left)

tangential parotid
Tangential parotid
  • Pt -supine or prone
  • Parotid area centered to IR
  • CR perpendicular to IR
    • Enters lateral surface of mandibular ramus
parotid radiographs
Parotid Radiographs

Same pt with air in cheeks

lateral parotid gland radiograph
Lateral Parotid Gland Radiograph

Blockage of parotid duct