A 34-year-old member asked:
What are tonsil stones made of?
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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.
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ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 39 years experience
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A 42-year-old female asked:
What are tonsil stones?
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ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 37 years experience
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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Last updated Dec 26, 2020
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