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Minor Salivary Gland Swelling

Numerous minor salivary glands are located throughout the oral cavity. An accidental lower lip bite or injury to the lower lip may damage the minor salivary gland of that region and block the salivary flow. Due to this blockade, the minor salivary gland swells up to form a small bluish lump known as a mucocele. These regress on their own mostly, and if not, surgical removal is necessitated. Tumors of the minor salivary glands also cause swelling.

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Is the small, red, painless spot under my tongue a matter of concern?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 49-year-old female. I am not sure if I should be concerned and see a doctor. For the past two to three weeks, I have had a small, red spot under my tongue. It is not much larger than a pin dot, and I think it has decreased in size. I have attached images for your reference. It d...  Read Full »

Dr. Ashaq Hussain Parrey

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I went through your post and images (attachment removed to protect patient identity) This seems to be minor salivary glands, although the image is not clear. But, I do not see a reason why you should worry because there is no ulceration and no pain. There is no need...  Read Full »

Is it necessary to take a biopsy for an oral mucocele?

Query: Hello doctor, I have what seems like an oral mucocele in my upper inner lip. I went to the dentist, and after looking at it, he said that it is most likely it is mucocele and referred me to the oral surgeon. He explained that they would remove it and send it in for a biopsy. That alone slightly worr...  Read Full »

Dr. Mohammad Emranul Islam

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I am sorry for the problems you have. It is probably a mucocele. But as you and your dentist have some confusion, you should have sent a clear picture of it for my opinion. Mucocele is a salivary gland cyst that is commonly found on the lower lip. It is a painless soft...  Read Full »

Why do I have soft, painless nodules on my mouth floor?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 42 years old female, and I found a soft nodule on both sides of the floor of my mouth. They are painless. Kindly advise.   Read Full »

Dr. Achanta Krishna Swaroop

Answer: Hello, Welcome to In my opinion, it does not look like a cancerous outgrowth. But any soft or slow-growing lesions need to be checked in the clinic by the dental surgeon. Because the size of the outgrowth is moderate to large as per my observation, and you are having your braces or or...  Read Full »

Are small fluid-filled bumps inside the cheeks sign of oral cancer?

Query: Hello doctor, I have a small bubble-like thing inside my cheeks. Maybe a mucous cyst. It has been three weeks now. It pops out, and again the fluid gets fill it in. I have attached an image of it. Please help.  Read Full »

Dr. Dilip Kumar Meena

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I understand your concern. Yes, it looks like a mucocele, which is a benign cyst filled with mucus. There are blocked salivary ducts, which lead to mucocele. It needs to be removed by cautery or surgery.  Read Full »

How to treat a palpable swelling under the right side of the jaw?

Query: Hi doctor, Before ten days, I was taking some soup. When some of the soup went under my tongue, I got some sudden sour taste on my right side of my mouth and jaw. It got subsided in intensity and I examined my mouth inside for tender areas or asymmetries under my tongue. After that, I noticed a swe...  Read Full »

Dr. Bhadragiri Vageesh Padiyar

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I think that you are suffering from an infected gland or sialolith or a traumatized duct. In all these three cases, you can follow this advice. Hydration is the keyway. Keep drinking five to six liters of boiled warm water every day. You can do salt water gargling eight t...  Read Full »

I have a mole-like projection in my lip. Kindly suggest.

Query: Hi doctor,A mole like projection has developed in my lip. It does not get cured. I bite my lip often. But, I feel it is very abnormal on my lip. Can you please help me?  Read Full »

Dr. Jyotisterna Mittal

Answer: Hi, Welcome to is a cystic lesion of the buccal mucosa probably swelling of a minor salivary gland (attachment removed to protect patient identity). If it has been present as such for a long time and especially if it is increasing in size, then you would have to visit a dentist for it...  Read Full »

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