Treatment of Tonsil Stones

Posted on : 18-09-2013 | By : Haddon Suttner | In : Oral Health, Preventive Dentistry

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The tonsils are areas of lymphoid tissue which are located on either side of the throat.  The term tonsil is most used to describe what is known in the medical community as “palatine tonsils”.  Tonsils, like other lymph organs function as part of the immune system and fight off infections of the pharyngeal and upper respiratory tract.   Tonsils in humans occur on both the top and bottom of the throat and combine with another set of lymph tissues.

          Treatment of Tonsil Stones

Tonsil stones (Tonsilloliths) are white or yellow colored, foul smelling mucosal formations which appear in the crevasses of tonsils.  Tonsil stones, while harmless, can feel like a foreign body lodged in the back of the throat and can be uncomfortable and may cause bad breath.  Tonsilloliths are more common in adults than children and small stones on the tonsils do not cause any problematic symptoms which require treatment.

Symptoms of Tonsil Stones

There are a number of different signs which will indicate whether or not someone has tonsil stones which can include the following:

  • Metallic taste in the mouth
  • Recurrent halitosis, which is accompanied by a throat infection
  • Coughing spells
  • Closing or tightening in the throat
  • Choking
  • Swallowing difficulty
  • Sore throat
  • White debris on the tonsils
  • Tonsil swelling
  • Otalgia (ear pain or earache)

Causes of Tonsil Stones

Tonsilloliths or tonsil stones can have a variety of different causes which can include:

  • Dairy products
  • Dead white blood cells
  • Numerous oral bacteria
  • Enzyme action of retained food
  • Mucosal secretions
  • Overly active salivary glands

For further details take guidelines from your dentist. You may call Dr. Haddon Suttner for any type of dental problems on 02 9365 6197. For details about the services visit Dentist Bondi.

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