Tonsil stones (also called tonsilloliths) are small white or yellow globules that develop in the tonsils or adenoids, and less commonly on the roof of the mouth and in the back of the throat. Tonsil stones can be hard to see without any visual aid because they hide in the pockets/crevices (crypts) of the tonsils. To read more about symptoms, diagnosis, and prevention of tonsil stones, click here.
What Causes Bad Breath?
Chronic bad breath (halitosis) can turn into a serious problem. It can make people feel socially isolated, which in turn can lead to depression. It can effectively cut off chances for professional advancement, especially if your job is one that requires you to deal with the public on a regular basis. Millions of people suffer from persistent bad breath that defies their efforts to control it.
Anaerobic bacteria on the teeth, gums, and grooves of the tongue causes bad breath. The bacteria feed on food particles that remain in the mouth after eating. They produce metabolites with high concentrations of foul-smelling polyamines and sulfur compounds. Regular brushing, flossing, and lingual cleansing will ensure fresh breath for a large number of people, but not every case of bad breath originates at the front of the mouth.
|Tonsil infections that lead to chronic bad breath are most often due to tonsil stones. Although tonsil stones are fairly common, many dentists and physicians miss them completely when their patients complain of halitosis.|
Structures further back in the throat can also be a source of chronic bad breath, particularly the lymphatic tissues known as the palatine and nasopharyngeal tonsils. The tonsils are such a persistent source of infection that many children in the U.S. have them removed before they reach adolescence. Yet even after a tonsillectomy, some tissue remains that can become a bacterial breeding ground for microorganisms that cause bad breath.
A study published in the journal Microbes and Infection concluded that tonsil stones cause halitosis because they are crawling with anaerobic bacteria. Another report appearing in the journal Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery, stated that tonsil stones are composed of layer after layer of living microbes.
Treating Bad Breath Due to Tonsil Stones
Brushing, flossing, and other oral hygiene measures will do very little to prevent bad breath that is associated with tonsil stones. Most commercial mouthwashes, toothpastes, and other products can mask this type of halitosis temporarily, but in the long run may actually exacerbate the problem since they have a mouth-drying effect.
One of the best ways to reduce the anaerobic bacteria responsible for chronic halitosis is to attack them with oxygen. The regular use of TheraBreath oxygenating products will alter the environment of hard-to-reach places like tonsil crevices, making them unappealing to sulfur-producing microorganisms.
The most effective way to fight bad breath is to combine the use of tonsil stone products with traditional oral hygiene practices. Dentists recommend brushing your teeth after every meal, flossing your teeth and cleaning your tongue once daily, and getting professional cleanings and dental exams at least twice a year.
TheraBreath® Tonsil Stone Kits are the ideal solution to help reduce tonsils stones and bad breath now and prevent them from returning in the future.