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Meet Dr. Larian

Dr. Babak Larian, the Chairman and Director of the CENTER for Advanced Parotid Surgery in Los Angeles, is a highly experienced and reputable board-certified surgeon...
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Out Of Town Patients

Dr. Babak Larian is a world-renowned parotid gland surgeon in Beverly Hills, California, who regularly treats patients from all over the country. Fortunately, Beverly Hills has a lot to offer our out-of-town patients.

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  • Do Salivary Stones Require Surgery?
    Salivary gland stones, or sialolithiasis, are small calcium deposits that block the flow of saliva, which if not removed can lead to swelling of the salivary gland, inflammation, infection, Read more >
  • Why a Parotid Tumor Requires Immediate Medical AttentionWhy a Parotid Tumor Requires Immediate Medical Attention
    Many people have experienced swollen glands at some point in their lives. However, if you have a lump close to your ear that lingers for more than a couple weeks, Read more >
  • 6 Little-Known Facts About Parotid Tumors How Expert Surgeons Perform Parotid Reconstruction
    If your parotid gland function has been impaired for any reason, such as a parotid tumor, you may need surgery. Read more >

Why We Need Saliva

Saliva isn’t something we typically talk much about, but it sure is important. When our salivary glands are functioning properly we don’t notice them, but those with a salivary gland problem are at risk for more than you may think. Here at the Center for Advanced Parotid Surgery, we take saliva seriously.

Health Benefits of Saliva

While there are many reasons we have saliva, let’s focus on three of the top health benefits of this liquid substance in our mouths.

1. Prevents Tooth Damage

Saliva helps to wash the teeth of food particles. Without saliva, a buildup of food and other particles could wear away the teeth. Also, saliva contains important proteins and minerals that help strengthen tooth enamel.

2. Accelerates Healing

Have you ever noticed that wounds in the mouth tend to heal faster than external wounds? This is because saliva is made up of compounds, proteins specifically, that speed up the healing process. If your salivary glands are not functioning properly, simply biting your cheek or the inside of your lip could be a lingering pain.

3. Maintains Mouth Cleanliness

Saliva is also important for keeping your mouth clean. The antibacterial properties of saliva help fight germs, like those that cause bad breath and tooth and gum diseases.

What If My Salivary Glands Aren’t Working?

Dry mouth can be fairly common in people with certain medical conditions or those taking certain medications. It can, however, be caused by a salivary gland obstruction. Babak Larian, MD, FACS is an ear, nose, and throat surgeon who specializes in the treatment of salivary gland disorders. Some types of salivary gland obstruction that he treats through minimally invasive surgical techniques are:

While frustrating, and often painful, salivary gland obstruction is treatable. Depending on the exact condition, the doctor may perform a minimally invasive salivary gland surgery. Dr. Larian, expert ear, nose, and throat surgeon, always performs these procedures in cooperation with a facial plastics and reconstructive surgeon to ensure that the facial nerve function is preserved and that the scar is as minimal and hidden as possible. If dealing with a cancerous salivary gland tumor, however, the location and size of the surgical incision will depend greatly on the location and size of the tumor.

Schedule a Salivary Gland Consultation Today

If you are struggling with poor salivary gland function, call the Center for Advanced Parotid Surgery at 310.461.0300 to schedule a consultation with parotid expert and board-certified head and neck surgeon Babak Larian, MD, FACS. Salivary gland obstruction can be annoying, painful, and potentially harmful, so don’t let it go untreated. Dr. Larian is highly successful at removing salivary gland obstructions and restoring patients’ salivary gland function, thus greatly improving their quality of life.

For more information about salivary glands, contact us today.


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Chief of Head & Neck Surgery at Cedars-Sinai
Assistant Clinical Professor of Surgery at UCLA