What to do About Tonsil Stones

Jamie J. Alexander on January 5, 2020

If the tonsils at the back of your throat have not been removed, Dr. Jamie J. Alexander would like to share with you some information about tonsilloliths (tonsil stones).

“We rarely see tonsilloliths in our Boynton Beach dental practice among patients who regularly come in for checkups and dental cleanings, but on occasion, someone will call who has been diagnosed with tonsilloliths by a medical care provider and is being treated for tonsil stones. Now, more eager than ever to start prophylactic oral health care, they can’t wait to get a dental appointment,” says Dr. Alexander.

What are Tonsil Stones?

Tonsils are made of tissue with lymphocytes, cells that prevent and fight infections. But tonsils can become a problem. They have nooks and crannies where bacteria, dead cells, and mucus can get trapped, causing inflammation of the throat, and this trapped “debris” can bond together and calcify forming stones. Painful stones tend to develop when someone repeatedly suffers from tonsillitis (infection of the tonsils).

What to do About Repeat Tonsil Stones

“If your tonsils have not been removed and you suffer from a combination of bad breath, sore throat, tonsil swelling, and difficulty swallowing, coughing and ear pain, don’t assume you have a common cold virus,” says Dr. Alexander. “Make an appointment with your medical health care provider and get the diagnosis you need for early medical treatment. If you have not surmised this already, yes, regular oral health exams and dental cleanings in our Boynton Beach dental practice will help keep you on the path to prevention of tonsillitis and tonsil stones.”

Here is a 2019 article that suggests some at-home remedies to clean the nooks and crannies of your tonsils and discusses medical treatment.