Tonsil Stones 101 - Some Tonsil Stone Tricks and Tips

Published: 14th October 2009
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Tonsil stones are a build up of calcareous matter in your tonsils. This is not harmful, but naturally occurs in your mouth. It is also called tonsillolith, calculus of the tonsil, tonsillar debris or sneeze nugget. This is located in the crevasses of the palatine tonsils or at the bottom rear of your mouth and is part of your sinuses. It usually develops through overactive salivary glands or bacteria in the mouth. You will feel that there is some foreign object stuck in the back of your throat. Halitosis and sore throat indicate the presence of this disorder.

Tonsil stones commonly appear in adults and young adolescents than in children. This is normally soft and can be manually scraped or removed. It rarely requires medical intervention. You may try sucking a lollipop and the suction pressure can cause to dislodge it from your mouth. You can also use a Popsicle stick or your finger to scrape it. But a more sanitary, safer and more effective way is by using your toothbrush. The simplest way to detect if you have one is by looking in front of the mirror. Just open your mouth wide and look into the rear portion of your mouth. Once you see a white or yellowish lump, then you have a tonsil stone.

The feeling tonsil stones give may be extremely discomforting. Those who have it may think that they have a serious disease like cancer. This is not a harmful health disorder. However, it gives a chronic bad breath, sore throat, and frequent bouts of tonsillitis.

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