Health Library

Parotid gland

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 of: December 8, 2019

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