I noticed this swelling under my tongue about 3-4 months ago and being a dental student, I knew from books that it is a salivary gland stone. It was completely painless at the time, so I was carefree. Then, about a week ago, the pain started. I knew I had to get it out but the pain wouldn't even let me touch it. I went to a hospital and told the doctor directly what I wanted (removal of a salivary stone) next he said: "I don't think it is a stone. 

I think this is a trauma or an infection on the floor of your mouth". I didn't want to argue with a senior colleague in the profession, so I kept quiet. What do I know as a dental student?. He gave me prescriptions and by the following day, the pain had doubled, the swelling had increased. So I called my lecturer who is also a doctor and he directed me to another hospital. From examination, they knew I was right about it being a stone. They tried to manipulate it out but it wasn't forthcoming, so I was placed on drugs, to come back for a minor surgery next week. I took the drug last night, woke up this morning and the stone had popped out by it self into my mouth!
Salivary gland stones (sialolithiasis) is formed by calcification of salivary compositions due to chemical changes in the saliva. It forms in one of the 3major salivary glands of the mouth; under the tongue to the side (submandibular gland), under the tongue close to the tip (sublingual) or towards the end of the jaw by the cheek(parotid gland). Some risk factors include low water intake and too much of supplements.
Moral of my story:
1) Please drink lots of water. At least about 4litres a day
2) If you notice a hard swelling in any part of your, do not hesitate until the pain starts. The pain is worse than death.
3) Never lose your confidence even in the face of people who seem to have more experience than you do. Be sure of what you know.
4) Health is wealth. TaKe note of that always.
I'm sorry about the long post. God bless you sister Lola. Fin love.

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