Removing Tonsil Stones

What are tonsil stones?

Tonsil stones (also called tonsilloliths) are caused by an accumulation of sulfur-producing bacteria, fungus, dead cells, food debris, and mucus that collect in the tiny pockets/crevices (crypts) dotting the surface of the tonsils. If you have allergies, sinus issues, or ear infections, the associated fluid can drain into your tonsils, creating a buildup. Treating these health problems can help alleviate or reduce the number of tonsil stones. If tonsil stones do not cause any symptoms, they can be left alone and eventually will break down on their own.

Tonsil stones can be removed using home remedies, but larger ones may require the attention of a medical professional. A key component of combatting tonsil stones is oxygenation. The bacteria and debris that cause tonsil stones are effectively reduced when subjected to sufficient levels of oxygen.

How to treat tonsil stones?

TheraBreath oral care products are based on years of research conducted by Dr. Katz, a well-known dentist and prominent bacteriologist. He discovered that bad breath and tonsil stones originate from the same source: anaerobic bacteria and the detrimental effects of dry mouth.

Tonsil stones are a treatable and avoidable condition that can cause embarrassing bad breath. The combination of TheraBreath Aktiv-Oxigen Serum and TheraBreath PLUS Nasal-Sinus Drops can effectively help alleviate tonsil stones without surgery. In addition, the use of TheraBreath Throat Spray will neutralize anaerobic sulfur-producing bacteria on contact. These products are available individually. TheraBreath also offers a handy Tonsil Stones Deluxe Kit which includes everything you need to combat tonsil stones and bad breath, including oxygenating toothpaste and a full box of mouth wetting lozenges.

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Alternative Treatment Options to Tonsil Stones

Medical Procedures

As an increasing number of tonsils stones form, they create large craters in the tonsils. This is the body’s natural way of trying to eliminate them from the body. After a period of time, the craters continue to grow in size. A medical procedure called laser cryptolysis helps close the craters. Tonsil stones are not considered a health emergency unless your tonsils are swollen and you have tonsillitis. As such, laser cryptolysis is generally considered elective surgery, so may not be covered by health insurance.

Larger tonsil stones are typically more solid and may require the attention of a medical professional. A dentist or oral surgeon can typically excise them with a gouge-like tool while the patient is anesthetized with a local numbing agent.

Tonsil Removal (Tonsillectomy)

The most drastic method for combatting tonsil stones is to surgically excise the tonsils. The adenoids are generally also removed during a tonsillectomy due to their close proximity to the tonsils. The tonsils and adenoids play a role in immunological health, therefore their removal is only recommended when the patient experiences frequent bouts of infections or tonsillitis. While children have tonsils removed without complications, tonsillectomy risks increase in adults. Most doctors discourage tonsil removal in adults who have frequent tonsillitis or infections, preferring to prescribe antibiotics.

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