What Is the Function of the Cheek Cell?

By Staff WriterLast Updated Mar 26, 2020 2:42:44 AM ET
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A cheek cell, an epithelial cell found in the tissue on the inside lining of the mouth, continually secretes mucus to maintains a moist environment in the mouth. Together with salivary glands that secrete saliva, the cheek cells supply enough moisture in the mouth for enzymes to thrive. This moisture softens food, assists in swallowing and starts digestion.