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How to Unclog a Salivary DuctThis video and the methods described are for educational reference only.How to Unclog a Salivary Duct Salivary glands are important parts of our anatomy that help to produce saliva in our mouths. A clogged salivary duct can be painful and may even lead to an infection. Salivary gland stones are often the culprit and may be caused by dehydration trauma and diuretic or anticholinergic medications. Its possible to unclog a salivary duct at home by drinking more water sucking on sour treats or doing a gentle massage. However if the blockage is severe and you are unable to unclog it at home it is important to see your doctor for treatment. Notice dry mouth. Dry mouth is the most common symptom of a blocked salivary duct. It is caused by decreased saliva production made possible by whatever is blocking the duct. Dry mouth is an uncomfortable condition that may lead to dry cracked lips and bad breath. A key sensation is a bad taste in the mouth. This is one of the first signs of a blocked salivary duct. Pay attention to pain in the face or mouth. Salivary glands are located in a number of areas in the mouth under the tongue inside the cheeks and at the floor of the mouth. A blockage can cause mild to intense pain in any of those areas depending on where the duct is located the size of the stone and the length of time youve been affected by the blockage. The pain may come and go but typically gets worse as time goes on.Look for swelling of the face or neck. When saliva cannot exit a blocked gland swelling will occur. You may notice swelling below the jaw or ears depending on which gland is blocked. This swelling may be accompanied by pain in the area which may make it difficult to eat and drink. Watch for increased pain while eating or drinking. Another main issue that accompanies a blocked salivary duct is difficulty eating and drinking. Some people with this condition experience a sharp and stabbing pain right before or during meals. The pain may be present while chewing or when you open your mouth. You may also have trouble swallowing when a salivary duct is blocked.Be aware of signs of infection. Untreated salivary blockage can cause infection in the salivary gland. When saliva is trapped in the gland bacteria are more likely to develop and spread. Signs of infection include redness and pus around the stone. Fever is another sign of infection.