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what can cause tonsil stones?

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Dr. Mike Bowman
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 19 years experience
Eating: Tonsil stones (i.e. Tonsilliths) are collections of food and debris which get trapped in the tonsils. This material gets infected usually becomes foul smelling. Some tonsils have more nooks and crannies in which to collect this debris, which makes the stones larger and/or more numerous. If removed, tonsilliths usually will recur. If severe, tonsillectomy will cure the problem. Best wishes.
Dr. Matthew Russell
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 15 years experience
Bacteria: Tonsil stones are benign firm white "stones" that form in the tonsil crypts from bacteria... Much like plaque on your teeth. They are not dangerous, but can contribute to bad breath.

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A 27-year-old female asked:

What causes tonsil stones please?

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Dr. Oscar Novick
Pediatrics 58 years experience
Tonsil stones: Tonsils stones are formed by trapping of food and debris in crypts or crevices of the tonsils. The material then becomes calcified to form stones.
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A 21-year-old female asked:

What causes tonsil stones? I get up to 4 or 5 very small ones sometimes per tonsil every week or two.

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Dr. Martin Raff
Infectious Disease 56 years experience
Tonsiliths: The mechanism by which these calculi form is debatable. They appear to result from accumulation of material retained within the tonsillar crypts, along with the growth of bacteria and fungi – sometimes in association with persistent chronic purulent tonsillitis.
Houma, LA
A 18-year-old male asked:

Can i cause harm by pushing really hard on my tonsil and squeezing bc of tonsil stones?

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Dr. Martin Raff
Infectious Disease 56 years experience
Possibly: If you have infection in your tonsils you can make it far worse by forcing bacteria into the blood stream or to adjacent tissues. You can try removing stones with a toothpick gently, but forceful squeezing is potentially harmful.
Alma, MI
A 26-year-old female asked:

I have been getting more and more tonsil stones and more frequently than ever. What could be causing this? It's embarrassing.

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Dr. Frank Kuitems
Internal Medicine 39 years experience
Yes: Some peoples bodies just cause tonsil stones it's the way some people are dehydration can contribute
Finland
A male asked:

Should I be worried about tonsil stones, or can they cause something that I should be worried of?

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Dr. Warren Wolfe
Family Medicine 58 years experience
Probably not, but..: There are crypts in the tonsil that can get filled with all kinds of debris and form "stones". They can easily be removed by your dentist. But to be sure that that is the case and the "stones" are not something else (unlikely) make the appointment to get an expert visual opinion.

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