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Can you get tonsil stones without tonsils

A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michele Richards
25 years experience
Not typically: Tonsil stones form when mucus and food debris get stuck in crypts of tonsils, typically shouldn't occur if tonsils completely removed.
Dr. David Martin
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery 29 years experience
Tonsil stones: No. Tonsils form in the crypts of the tonsils. No crypts, no tonsil stones. You can, however, get food stuck in scar tissue from tonsillectomy, whic... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Nader Kalantar
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 16 years experience
Try a Water Pik.: An oral irrigator or dental water jet device such as a Water Pik can be used to rinse out stones without traumatizing the tonsil tissues. Use it in it... Read More
Dr. Ronald Ward
Specializes in Head and Neck Surgery
Tonsil stones: Tonsils have superficial cavities which fill up with epithelial debris, secretions and possibly small bits of food
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 45 years experience
Probably: With a little ingenuity you can probably figure out a way to remove them. A penlight, a mirror, and a half-unbent paper clip may be all you need. If t... Read More
A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Feola
Internal Medicine 32 years experience
Rule out tonsillitis: LINGULAR TONSILS under the tongue can become inflamed =tonsillitis and can cause halitosis. You need exam and have a throat culture. If that is nega... Read More
A 41-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 34 years experience
Might not be a stone: Haven't seen that. Probably some people have big tonsils, and there are bacteria and inflammatory responses by one's own white blood cells in the hole... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Costello
23 years experience
Cryptic tonsils: As some people get older, their tonsils lose their smooth surface and become pitted or cryptic. The purpose of the tonsils is to sample debris (food ... Read More
A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Patrick Melder
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 28 years experience
It's not the tonsil: The tonsils create tonsil stones or tonsilths because of the crypts in them that trap bacteria and food (see my other taps). If you continue to get to... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Goldstein
Cosmetic Dentistry 34 years experience
Yes.: If these stones are a recurring problem, you certainly can have the tonsils removed.
A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. Donald Colantino
Internal Medicine 62 years experience
Since they are caused by accumulation of debris, gargle with warm salt water after meals. Drink plenty of water to keep throat structures moist. Brush... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Kathy Robinson
Family Medicine 33 years experience
Waterpick: Some people find that using an oral irrigator like a waterpick is easier than using a q-tip. Also gargling with a mouthwash after meals can help preve... Read More