3 June 2014 thumb Tonsil Stone Removal

Tonsil stones, also called Tonsilloliths, are white or yellow shaped “globs” of calcium that form in the crevices of the tonsils.  While these unsightly and smelly deposits are likely to cause no physical harm, the usually have a strong foul-smelling odor and cause bad breath.  They also break free from the tonsils and can be coughed up with food or mucus. Other more serious symptoms may include swelling of the tonsils, a bad taste in the back of the throat, coughing, and trouble swallowing.

How to Get Rid Of

If you suffer from tonsilloliths there are several options for treatment.

I recommend the easiest solution, the 7 Easy Steps to Eliminate Tonsil Stones.  This is a straight-forward guide to things you can do to remove them for good and rid yourself of the bad breath caused by tonsilloliths, along with other symptoms.  Included in this guide are several proven steps you can take that include:

  • Dietary steps you can take to eliminate these stones
  • Extra oral care that will eliminate the most common symptom, bad breath
  • How to safely remove tonsil stones at home
  • How to prevent these calcium buildups from returning

Other treatment options include difficult surgical procedures including laser removal.  These options are generally not available unless the symptoms become severe enough to interfere with swallowing or swelling of the back of the throat.

Signs and Symptoms

Generally those who suffer from tonsil stones notice white spots on the tonsils in the back of the throat.  These spots can range from very small to noticeably large.  In cases where the spots remain small, Tonsilloliths can remain hidden and only the symptoms persist.  In these cases the stones are usually only detected by X-ray or close oral examination.  Other signs include swelling of the tonsils, a white coating that forms on the tongue, or smelly breath despite following prescribed dental care and using mouthwash, chewing gum, etc…