Top Salivary Gland Surgeon Explains Importance of Saliva & Why We Need It

Babak Larian, MD, FACS, and Director of the CENTER for Advanced Parotid Surgery in Los Angeles discusses the top three roles saliva plays in our bodies in a newly published article.

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Saliva is crucial to a multitude of functions in our mouth and body. If saliva producing glands aren’t working as they should, there may be an underlying condition that needs to be addressed.

Beverly Hills, CA (PRWEB) July 03, 2013

Have you ever wondered why we need saliva? In a recent article titled, “Why We Need Saliva,” world-renowned parotid gland surgeon Babak Larian, MD, FACS, and Director of the CENTER for Advanced Parotid Surgery in Los Angeles, takes time to explain the important substance in our mouths and the roles it plays in relation to our health.

“Most people think that saliva has one or two purposes—to aid in swallowing and eating food. While this is true, there are also three other very important factors of saliva. It actually prevents tooth damage, accelerates healing, and keeps our mouths clean,” said expert salivary gland surgeon Dr. Larian.

As Dr. Larian describes, the health benefits of saliva go far beyond what most people think about. For example, a wound inside the mouth heals much faster than a wound on the outer parts of our body. Because saliva is made up of healing proteins and compounds, the wound is subject to direct healing.

“Saliva is crucial to a multitude of functions in our mouth and body. If saliva producing glands aren’t working as they should, there may be an underlying condition that needs to be addressed,” said Dr. Larian.

Unfortunately, there are many individuals who suffer from various salivary gland disorders that can slow or even halt saliva production when not properly addressed and treated. These disorders include salivary gland stones, tumors, and even cancer. According to Dr. Larian, a person should seek the expertise of a specialized salivary gland surgeon if they begin to notice a dry mouth.

“A dry mouth can be indicative of salivary gland obstruction caused by stones. At my practice alongside my team of specialists, I’m able to perform endoscopic salivary stone removal for a person as an outpatient procedure. There is virtually no pain or downtime following, making it a quick fix for a big problem,” said Dr. Larian.

Dr. Babak Larian is the Director of the Center for Advanced Parotid Surgery in Los Angeles as well as a highly reputable and experienced board-certified surgeon who specializes in salivary disorders. Dr. Larian is an innovator in minimally invasive surgery techniques. The Center for Advanced Parotid Surgery in Los Angeles is a comprehensive, state of the art medical practice designed to meet the patients' needs at all times while providing the best care and treatment possible.

If you are experiencing trouble brought on by a salivary gland disorder like stones, or would like to learn more about Dr. Larian and his specialty, please call (310) 461-0300 today to schedule your initial consultation. Additional information can also be found on Dr. Larian’s website, http://www.parotidmd.com.


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