Tonsil Stones, Defined
Tonsil stones, or tonsilloliths, are the small lumps that develop within the tonsils. Unlike your singaw (canker sores), the bumps usually form hard and solid in either white or yellow color.
These small pebbles found at the back of the throat are not really painful nor contagious. Some may not actually notice it at first because it is not found at an easily visible area of the mouth. However, some may, later on, feel it as it can cause the specific part to swell. X-rays during dental check-ups and other oral examinations that use x-rays help identify and see.
One particular thing about tonsil stones is that it can cause a person bad breath, which is more common to adults between ages 20 and 60. Those who get it often may have repeated cases of tonsillitis and may develop large tonsil stones in the long run.
Causes of Tonsil Stones
Tonsil stones are the result of all the materials building in the tonsils. Normally, you take in small food, dead cells, saliva, and mucus particles that may eventually build up. The material might get trapped in the tonsillar crypts that can be solidified, thus forming stones.
Such materials may involve:
- Little food scraps and residue
- Calcium minerals
- Bacteria or fungi
The stones may also occur to someone with other concerns such as bad oral hygiene, chronic sinus problems, oversized tonsils, or even chronic tonsillitis.