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the tonsil stones are all on one side and someone told me that could possibly be dangerous is this true. what shall i do?

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Dr. Dan Fisher
Internal Medicine 27 years experience
Tonsiloliths: Tonsillitis are not harmful. If you do not have pain or sore throat along with the tonsilolith everything is fine. They sometimes appear more on one side than the other.
Dr. Kathy Robinson
Family Medicine 32 years experience
Not dangerous: Tonsil stones can be uncomfortable and can cause bad breath but they are not dangerous. You can removed them with a qtip or water pick. They form in small crypts in your tonsils when food gets packed in. The fact that they are only on one side just means the crypts are only on one side.

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A 41-year-old member asked:

Are tonsil stones dangerous? Is there any health risk associated with tonsil stones?

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Dr. Mike Bowman
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 19 years experience
Not really: They commonly cause bad breath, and can reflect chronic tonsillitis. Removal of the tonsils will solve the problem, but isn't warranted unless the problems are severe. They can be removed manually, but they almost always recur.
A 40-year-old member asked:

If you have tonsil stones, can you still speak?

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Dr. Anifat Balogun
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 29 years experience
Tonsil Stones: Tonsil stones, calculi (tonsilloliths) are clusters of small calcified debris, made up of dead cells, food material, bacteria and mucus that become trapped in the nook and crannies of the tonsils. They do not affect the vocal cords, so you should be able to speak normally with tonsilloliths.
A 34-year-old member asked:

What are tonsil stones made of?

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Dr. Russell Faust
Dr. Russell Faust answered
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 29 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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A 40-year-old member asked:

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.
A 40-year-old member asked:

What is the cure for tonsil stones?

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Dr. Russell Faust
Dr. Russell Faust answered
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 29 years experience
None that I know of,: ... But, taking a daily probiotic preparation has been demonstrated to benefit the immune system, and to reduce upper respiratory infections (uri's) - reduced frequency, duration, and severity - in randomized prospective clinical trials. Probiotics have also been found to reduce ear infections in children. I recommend them for my patients with tonsil stones, and tonsillitis, with great benefit.

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