What are Tonsil Stones?

Posted on : 09-09-2013 | By : Haddon Suttner | In : Dental Implants, Dentist and Dentistry, Oral Health, Preventive Dentistry

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Tonsils stone are gland-like structures in the back of your throat. You have one located in a pocket on each side. Tonsils are made of tissue that contains lymphocytes cells in your body that prevent and fight infections. It is believed that the tonsils play a role in the immune system and are meant to function like nets, trapping incoming bacteria and virus particles that are passing through your throat.

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Causes of Tonsil Stones

Your tonsils are filled with nooks and crannies where bacteria and other materials, including dead cells and mucous can become trapped. When this occurs, the debris can become concentrated in white formations that occur in the pockets.

Tonsil stones are formed when this trapped debris hardens or calcifies. This tends to occur most often in people who suffer from chronic inflammation in their tonsils or repeated bouts of tonsillitis.While many people have small tonsilloliths that develop in their tonsils, it is quite rare to have a large and solidified tonsil stone.

Symptoms of Tonsil Stones

Bad Breath

One of the prime indicators of a tonsil stone is exceedingly bad breath, or halitosis, that accompanies a tonsil infection.

Sore Throat

When a tonsil stone and tonsillitis occur together it can be difficult to determine whether the pain in your throat is caused by your infection or the tonsil stone.

White Debris

Some tonsil stones are visible in the back of the throat as a lump of solid white material. This is not always the case. Often they are hidden in the folds of the tonsils.

Difficulty Swallowing

Depending on the location or size of the tonsil stone, it may be difficult or painful to swallow foods or liquids.

Ear Pain

Tonsil stones can develop anywhere in the tonsil. Because of shared nerve pathways, they may cause a person to feel referred pain in the ear even though the stone itself is not touching the ear.

Tonsil Swelling

When collected debris hardens and a tonsil stone forms, inflammation from infection (if present) and the tonsil stone itself may cause a tonsil to swell or become larger.

Preventing Tonsil Stones
The best way to prevent tonsil stones is to avoid developing pockets and crevices in your tonsils in the first place. The following steps can help you do just that, by reducing your risk of recurrent episodes of tonsillitis:

  • Wash your hands frequently.
  • Avoid sharing dishes, utensils, and toothbrushes with, and kissing people who have tonsillitis.
  • If you have tonsillitis frequently ask your doctor if he or she recommends a tonsillectomy.


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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