Learn About Tonsil Stones


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Tonsillolith, better known as tonsil stones are calcified materials that form on your tonsils.  Tonsils have crevices where bacteria and other materials become trapped.  Mucus and dead cells can accumulate in these crevices causing the debris to form into hardened calcified material inside these pockets.  They are essentially bacterial deposits that may also appear at the roof of the mouth or in the throat.  They are white or yellowish colored in appearance, small in size and very foul smelling.

Tonsillolith will most likely affect those who have inflammation in their tonsils or suffer from repeated bouts of this condition.  In addition, adults will be more affected than children.

The best way to diagnose this condition is when you cough one up or see them inside your mouth.  Although they can be incidentally discovered through an x-ray or CAT scan. 

Some common symptoms include a bad metallic taste, coughing fits, choking, sore throat, pain when swallowing, and of course, bad breath.


If you spot tonsil stones inside your mouth, you can remove them by squeezing out the stones from your tonsils or using your fingers to pull or scrape them out.  Remember, they are not contagious or harmful, but can be a nuisance.


Tonsil stones can be treated with antibiotics, and penicillin is commonly prescribed, but it can be treated at home as well.

1.  Maintain very good oral hygiene by brushing and flossing twice per day.  In addition, use a toothbrush to brush your tongue.  Bacteria can gather on the tongue and brushing will help to neutralize the anaerobic bacteria.

2.  Gargle with warm salt water every morning and after every meal.

3.  Gargle with oxygenated mouthwash, not the usual mouthwash sold in stores because they contain sugar and alcohol.

4. Reduce alcohol and tobacco use.  The use of these substances may cause or worsen an existing bout of tonsillitis.

5. Drink boiled milk with turmeric and powdered pepper.

6. Lime juice in warm water is also an option.

The most important thing to remember about this condition is to practice good oral hygiene that includes regular brushing, flossing and gargling with a saline mouthwash.  They are not harmful or risky, but again can be irritating and annoying.

Now that you have the information, don't wait to rid your mouth of those bad smelling white or yellowish bacteria buildup.  You'll feel better and your mouth will be fresher.