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What are tonsil stones made of?

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Dr. Russell Faust
Dr. Russell Faustanswered
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 30 years experience
ICKY STUFF: Tonsil "stones" are comprised of dead mucosal cells from the lining of the oral cavity, from microscopic food particles, and from bacteria - usually in the form of "biofilm". Based on dna sequencing studies, we found more than 100 separate species of bacteria in tonsil stones in a group of 50 children.
Dr. Sanford Archer
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 39 years experience
Food particles: Tonsiliths are food particles covered in minerals from your saliva.

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Dr. David Kam
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Tonsilliths: They are bacterial colonies that form in tonsillar crypts. A common bacteria is actinomyces. It can give you a foreign body sensation in throat and halitosis.

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