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Why do i get tonsil stones/what can i do to prevent them?

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Dr. Jeffrey Juchau
Family Medicine 33 years experience
Cryptic Tonsils: you get stones or particles in the tonsils because you have what are called cryptic tonsils. They have folds and holes in them that food particles get stuck in. You can gargle deeply or use a water pick to help get the particles out, but ultimately the treatment is to remove the tonsils. This is done if they are constantly or recurrently inflamed or infected, if one has severe bad breath
Dr. Yahya Atiya
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Regular gargles: A tonsil stone, also called a tonsillolith, is a collection of dead cells and old food, that gets trapped in the crevices of the tonsils, called the tonsillar crypts. It is completely harmless, but can cause halitosis (bad breath). One method of dealing with it is to gargle your mouth after each meal. It it becomes really troublesome, or socially embarrassing, a tonsillectomy is also possible

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