Posts Tagged ‘tonsilloliths’

The Relationship Between Tonsils and Bad Breath

Wednesday, August 4th, 2010

Huge Tonsils!!!!!Many people who suffer from bad breath are urgently seeking the reason for their bad breath. There are many theories about how bad breath arises and one common myth is that it comes from the stomach, but this is just a myth – it is not fact. The truth is that the majority of bad breath comes from the back of the tongue. However, there is a connection between your tonsils and bad breath too.

Before we discuss tonsils and bad breath, you need to have a good idea of whether that is your problem. There is a very small chance that your tonsils are the source of your bad breath. In fact, 80-90% of bad breath is due to bacteria on the tongue and only 3-5% of bad breath is a result of the tonsils. Therefore, before you jump the gun and begin suspecting your tonsils, there are a couple ways to rule out your tongue.
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Tonsillolith

Friday, September 4th, 2009

Tonsillolith Dr Katz discusses tonsilloliths, better known as tonsil stones. Learn about the causes, symptoms, and cures and get rid of your tonsil stones today!

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Tonsil Stones – NY Times asks Dr. Katz

Tuesday, September 1st, 2009

Ever have that dull sore-throat pain that makes you feel like you have strep throat?  It may not always be strep throat!  Tonsil stones, formally named tonsilloliths, are chunks in the tonsils’ deep pockets that are composed of mucus, dead cells, and other debris.  They are usually not any bigger than a pencil eraser,  but they have existed to be more than an inch wide.

They are very commonly misdiagnosed (i.e. as food particles), and it has not been until recently that people have started to realize  how widespread of an affliction it is.  Also, tonsil stones can cause bad breath, dry mouth, sore throats, and ear pain.

Our very own Dr. Katz was interviewed by the NY Times, and he mentioned that one of the main questions he gets is “what are those things growing in my tonsils?”

As far as tonsil stones solutions, some patients try removing them manually with a Q-tip.  Dr. Katz recommends not getting surgery, but trying oxygenating mouthwashes and sinus sprays, since those neutralize the anaerobic bacteria that causes the stones.  Tonsillectomies can work, but it is not always recommended since some patients can get complications and excess bleeding.  

Click here to read about tonsil stones and Dr. Katz in the New York Times!

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Tonsil Stones, Cryptic Tonsils, Tonsil Crypts

Wednesday, June 24th, 2009

Tonsil stones are bits of food that collect and harden in your tonsil area. Only
people with cryptic tonsils get these. Learn the causes and cures here.

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Tonsil Stones (Tonsilloliths)

Friday, May 8th, 2009

Tonsil stones, also known as tonsilloliths, are caused by an accumulation of sulfur-producing bacteria and debris that become lodged in the tonsils. The debris, which can include mucous from post nasal drip, putrefies in the back of your throat and collects in the tonsil crypts (small pockets which appear on the surface of the tonsils).

Tonsil Stones and Tonsilloliths Can Be Prevented

Along with tonsil stones, when the debris combine with the volatile sulfur compounds produced by the anaerobic bacteria beneath the surface of your tongue, it can also create chronic Halitosis (and other bad breath and taste disorders).

Important: If you do not have your tonsils then you will not under most circumstances experience tonsil stones. However, this does not mean that you should run out and get your tonsils removed.

As we get older, tonsillectomies become increasingly dangerous; however, even if you have your tonsils removed, you will most likely still have bad breath! Why?

The sulfur-producing bacteria breeding beneath the surface of your tongue, which are integral to the creation of those tonsil stones, are the most likely candidates to cause bad breath!

So, even if you have your tonsils removed, unless you remove or hinder these anaerobic bacteria, you may still scare away people with your bad breath!

And, since you can’t have your tongue removed (at least not in the U.S.), there is a better idea. Fortunately, getting rid of tonsil stones is not that difficult…

How to Get Rid of Tonsil Stones

A simple combination of oxygenating tablets and nasal sinus drops will effectively eliminate tonsil stones without unnecessary tonsil surgery. Also, the occasional use of an oxygenating spray will help to immediately neutralize the anaerobic sulfur-producing bacteria on contact.

The Bad Breath Bible states that if you truly want to prevent bad breath then you must use oxygenating toothpastes and mouthwashes, and ideally a tongue scraper to effectively neutralize the anaerobic bacteria from the very back of the tongue.

When you use such an oxygenating toothpaste and mouthwash, you will experience a residual effect from the oxygenating tablets and nasal sinus drops solution, and it will stop the tonsil stones from ever forming again.

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