Tonsil Stones

What are Tonsil Stones?

Tonsil stones (Tonsilloliths) look like little white or yellow balls.  They can be so small that they are unnoticeable or fairly large (up to a few centimetres wide).

They are a result of bacteria, white blood cells, mucous (from post nasal drip), food particles and other debris that collect in holes and crypts of the tonsils.  This debris then becomes calcified and forms a stone.  Bacteria live in and on the tonsil stones, the worst bacteria associated with tonsil stones are anaerobes and they create awful smelling sulphurous odours.

What are the Risk Factors for Tonsil Stones?

How do you know if you have Tonsil Stones?

Some tonsil stones are so small, you cannot see them, also they tend to hide in the tonsil crypts so often they are only detected during x-rays or scans.  

Other than that, you may notice some symptoms:

How can you get rid of Tonsil Stones?

How can you Prevent Tonsil Stones?

If you don’t have tonsils, tonsil stones cannot form.  During childhood tonsils can be removed without much risk but this procedure is much more risky for adults. 

Ideally you want to prevent the tonsil stones from forming in the first place.  Here are some suggestions: