Tonsil Stones FAQs by Dr Jay Sidhu

What are tonsil stones?

These are nothing but mucus and food debris in tonsils.

How do I know if I have this problem?

Due to bad oral hygiene, one might face this problem. Basic symptoms are bad breath or a sore throat. Look at your tonsils and if you find some bumps coloured yellow or white, they are tonsil stones.

Can this spread from one person to another? Is it contagious?

It is not contagious even though bacteria is one of the main causes. Different people have different oral structures and, therefore, it is not easy to spread tonsil stones.

Should I visit a doctor?

Visiting a doctor for this can be an extreme measure as there are many other ways to get rid of these tonsil stones which can be done at your home itself and which will barely cost you anything as compared to if you visit a doctor it will be quite expensive. Visit a doctor only if the tonsil stones are too large and a problem seems severe.

Can tonsil stones come back even after they are cured?

Nothing is permanent if you are looking for solutions to cure tonsil stones. The best way is to prevent tonsil stones and not just depend on medicines. Take proper care of your oral hygiene to prevent the stones.

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Who is likely to develop Tonsil Stones?


Kids are less likely to develop tonsil stones compared to adults.

What Are The Reasons of Causing Tonsil Stones?

All this can lead to debris which becomes more concentrated and develops a white formation. Possible reasons for such debris formation if often noticed among those people who have inflammation in tonsils.

What Problems Do These Stones Cause?

Tonsil Stones can itch and ache. They can make your breath smell like old garbage or rotten eggs due to the bacteria that is emitting a foul gas.

Is It Contagious?

Tonsil Stones normally consist of bacteria. While there is always a possibility that the bacteria can spread to another person by using the same teeth brush and water cup, it is almost impossible to get them from another person.

The bacteria can be propagated and transferred from one person to another, through some sort of media (blood or direct contact). The only possibility that someone else can get infected by tonsil bacteria is through direct contact, which chance is almost closed to zero, e.g., use your finger to touch tonsils and put the same finger inside someone else mouth.

Are Tonsils Recurring?

Medication, such as antibiotics, might remove them quickly. Unfortunately, it cannot be used as a permanent cure. Chances are once you stop the medication, they will come back again.

As the popular saying. “Prevention is better than Cure” goes, it is relatively easier to prevent tonsil stones than to remove them. So various measures should be taken to prevent the Tonsil Stones, as much as possible. As long as you maintain good oral hygiene, such as using oral rinse for tonsil related bad breath, and follow a good diet, all will be fine and you won’t have to hit your head over trying to Remove Tonsil Stones because you won’t get them in the first place.

Can Tonsil Stones Cause Halitosis?

Tonsil Stones are one of the key reasons for bad breath. Along with the massive white blood cells and oral bacteria, oral debris and mucus from post nasal drip are what the major part of the stones are composed of. The basic odorous nature of these chemical compounds is the main factor behind chronic bad breath, which eventually does lead to halitosis.

Some Most Common Symptoms to Spot Tonsillitis?

At the very early age of tonsillitis, there is no prominent outward symptom that can be taken as evidence to arrive upon the conclusion of a person being affected by tonsillitis. If no proper action is undertaken, eventually you will notice three common symptoms:

  1. Bad breath even after you brush the teeth or use mouthwash
  2. Development of a cough along with particles with foul smells
  3. A sore throat for no apparent reasons. Without proper treatment, the worst the case will be the development of tonsil cancer