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What are tonsil stones

February 24, 2009



Tonsil stones are scientifically referred to as tonsillolith. They is also called tonsillar debris, sneeze nugget or calculus of the tonsil. ‘Tonsil stones’ are generally a cluster of calcareous matter. They are usually found in groups of more than one ‘stone’.

They generally appear at the rear part of the mouth. One may wonder what exactly constitutes tonsil stones. Well, a variety of factors result in this disturbing disorder. The factors that lead to its formation include dead white blood cells, oral bacteria and overactive salivary glands. Tonsil stones can thus be described as unevenly shaped, whitish or yellow foul-smelling nuggets of mucous and bacteria.

Tonsils were religiously removed completely in some culture just because of their odd, inflamed shape. But, tonsils actually save the throat from getting infected by microbes such as bacteria that will otherwise travel straight into the throat depths.

Tonsil stones that protrude out give the feel of some foreign object deep within the mouth. Precisely, tonsil stones will develop between the outside of wisdom teeth and the temporomandibular joint region of the fleshed jaw. Of course, the presence of tonsil stones is a disturbing factor, but they are usually harmless.

Bad breath is another discomfort caused by the tonsil stones. The bad odor of tonsillolith is due to the presence of methyl mercaptan, hydrogen sulfide and bacteria.

Tonsilloliths, certainly, are not something that you are forced to live with. You can save yourself from the irritations caused by tonsil glands with the help of medical experts. Doctors are sure to enlighten you on the various available modes of medications that help in getting rid of those tonsil stones without much effort.

It is not at all advisable to get your tonsils removed completely. Such a complete removal of the tonsil stones is sure to make an adverse effect on the body especially if you happen to be an aged individual.


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