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Is my dentist supposed to notice tonsil stones?

Is my dentist supposed to notice tonsil stones?

Sure: A dentist performing an oral cancer screening is trained to look into the throat and oral tissues. It is very possible that he/she could potentially see problems in the tonsil area. ...Read more

Dr. Jan Lei Iwata
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Tonsil Stones (Definition)

Tonsil stones are white or yellow globs of foul-smelling mucus and bacteria that collect in the tonsils near the back of the throat. Tonsil stones are not dangerous, but ...Read more


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16 yr old has chronic bad breath. Dentists say not teeth/gums. Read about tonsil stones. It looks like she has 1. Should I take her to dr? Any info?

16 yr old has chronic bad breath. Dentists say not teeth/gums. Read about tonsil stones. It looks like she has 1. Should I take her to dr? Any info?

See ENT: By all means see ear/nose/throat specialist. Also, see dentist as flossing and/or water pik daily to clean between teeth, where toothbrush can't reach, and/or using tongue scraper, may help. ...Read more

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A dentist told me that I have infection and she suggests me indclox and milixim, tonsil stones are growing till, im very upset, wht I do?

A dentist told me that I have infection and she suggests me indclox and milixim, tonsil stones are growing till, im very upset, wht I do?

Antibiotics: You have been given 2 different antibiotics. More important that source of infection be determined. For tonsil stones see an ear/nose/throat specialist. For dental infections, whether tooth or gum, ask dentist for referral to either oral surgeon or endodontist. ...Read more

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How can tonsil stones be removed?

How can tonsil stones be removed?

? stone: Never heard that. It may be the cheesy material loking like stone..... Clarify. ...Read more

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Should you remove tonsil stones yourself?

Should you remove tonsil stones yourself?

No: Always allow trained professional to manage your health for optimal outcome. ...Read more

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Do I need to get my tonsils removed to prevent tonsil stones from forming?

Technically....: Yes. However, that seems quite severe- your question implies either you have had tonsil stones that have been somehow removed, or you are concerned about having them form without initially having them. Discuss it thoroughly with your pcp or surgeon, to weigh the benefits vs the risks. ...Read more

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I just removed my tonsil stones. I know they will come back but how am i going to prevent them?

Tonsil stones.: Tonsils are filled with nooks and crannies where bacteria and dead cells and mucous become trapped. The debris becomes concentrated in white formations that occur in the pockets and tonsil stones, or tonsilloliths, are formed when this trapped debris calcifies. This tends to happen most often in people who have chronic inflammations like sinusitis. Cannot prevent them except tonsillectomy. ...Read more

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My daughter appears to have tonsil stones. Although she had her tonsils removed nine years ago. Is this possible?

Tonsils: The palatine tonsils usually do not come back following removal, however the lingual tonsils can get enlarged and produce symptoms. The best way is to take a picture of the back of the mouth and present it here or show to an ENT physician to describe what you mean by "tonsil stones" ...Read more

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I have a bad breath and get stinky tonsil stones all the time. Should I get my tonsil removed to be free from this problem.

I have a bad breath and get stinky tonsil stones all the time. Should I get my tonsil removed to be free from this problem.

Maybe cause: But see a dentist if you have not had your teeth thoroughly cleaned in the past 4-6 months. Periodontal disease (gum disease) does cause bad breath. Also, you need to be on a meticulous oral hygiene program: oral b electric toothbrush, floss, interdental stimulator (rotapoints or stimudents) and tongue scraper as the back of the tongue holds some "stinky" debris. ...Read more

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I removed tonsil stones 7 days ago. But now chking fr it I found that a white spot it's again growing. What I do now. Is there no cure?

Tonsil stones: You can remove these carefully with a pointed implement, but they are prone to reforming. Consultation with an ENT doctor to determine whether the tonsils are in a condition suggesting a need for surgical removal is another possibility. Good luck. ...Read more

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I frequently have tonsil stones and remove them. I also have acid reflux. Could my acid reflux have anything to do with the stones?

Tonsil Stones: Tonsil stones are actually not "stones", but instead are clusters of bacteria and often fungus. The surface of each tonsil is lined by hole or tonsillar crypts. Sometimes, bacteria clog these crypts, and come to the surface of the tonsils as "stones". They stink and may contribute to sore throat, but mostly cause bad breath. Gargle with warm salt water. Tonsillectomy cures cryptic tonsillitis. ...Read more

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I have tonsil stones. White smelly things on my right tonsil. I don't get them a lot and they go away in few days. Should I get my tonsils removed?

Probably not: This is a very common problem. Most people can manage the condition by frequent gargling with listerine or hydrogen peroxide, gently brushing over the area with a soft brush, or using a water pik to dislodge them. Sometimes the tonsils may become chronically infected, painful, or swollen. Then it may be time to consider removal. You should see an otolaryngologist and discuss. ...Read more

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I have had really bad tonsil stones for a while, I need to remove them daily and my tonsils bleed, is this serious or am I doing something wrong?

I have had really bad tonsil stones for a while, I need to remove them daily and my tonsils bleed, is this serious or am I doing something wrong?

Tonsil stones : Tonsil stones are the result of chronic changes in the crypts of the tonsil. Actually food gets stuck and hardens in the crypts and causes a local infection and thus bleeds. The food putrifies and is smelly when it is expressed from the tonsil. You need to get your tonsils out. You can try a water pic jet spray to help clean out the crypts.
But at the end of the day, they need to be out. ...Read more

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Been struggling with my tonsils since January. The problem is tonsil Stones and many burps. Will my disgusting burps go away if I remove my tonsils?

Tonsils: Sorry you are struggling so long but you MUST see an Ear, Nose, and Throat specialist as soon as possible. Please have your Primary doctor refer you.
Please let me know how things go. ...Read more

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How are tonsil stones removed?

How are tonsil stones removed?

Various ways: I have known patients who were bothered by their "tonsil stones" who used a tooth-pick to clean out the tonsil stones; others reported that they used a "water pik" with great success. Try also daily gargling with salt water (saline) containing manuka honey — "nature's antibiotic". ...Read more

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Does the skin grow back after you remove tonsil stones?

Lining regrows: The epithelial lining will regrow after tonsil stones are removed as the lining may be abraided. ...Read more

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How can I get tonsil stones after having my tonsils removed?

It's not the tonsil: The tonsils create tonsil stones or tonsilths because of the crypts in them that trap bacteria and food (see my other taps). If you continue to get tonsil stones you may have residual tonsil tissue (possible but unlikely) but you can also get tonsil stones or tonsilths in the lingual tonsil which is at the very back part of your tongue. Debris also collects in the vallecula — above voice box. ...Read more

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If you can regular tonsil stones, could you have your tonsils removed?

Yes, If you can...: Find a surgeon who'll do it. Most surgeons I know do not like to remove tonsils on adult males unless there is a clear indication because the risks of bleeding are higher. I would start you on Peridex (chlorhexidine gluconate) oral rinse for at least a couple of months before entertaining the possibility. ...Read more

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I'm 16 and constantly getting large tonsil stones. Every time I remove them my crypts seem to get larger. What should I do beside removing tonsils?

Not much: If you have a bad taste in the mouth and a bad odor to your breath, tonsillectomy will cure the problem. I do not think you can do anything to make the crypts of the tonsils smaller. This problem is certainly an indication for tonsillectomy. Consult an ENT surgeon for an opinion. ...Read more

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How might you get rid of your tonsil stones without getting your tonsils removed?

How might you get rid of your tonsil stones without getting your tonsils removed?

Control them: This is a very common problem. Most people can manage the condition by frequent gargling with listerine or hydrogen peroxide, gently brushing over the area with a soft brush, or using a water pik to dislodge them. Sometimes the tonsils may become chronically infected, painful, or swollen. Then it may be time to consider removal. If you use good hygiene, you may be able to control them adequately. ...Read more

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What is the most effective way to get rid of tonsil stones other than getting my tonsils removed?

What is the most effective way to get rid of tonsil stones other than getting my tonsils removed?

Rid of Tonsil Stones: I do not recommend physically dislodging tonsil stones.
Warm salt water gargles or hydrogen peroxide gargles can be beneficial in removing tonsil stones.

Tonsillectomy remains the most effective way to prevent tonsilloliths and definitively treat patients with chronic bad breath (halitosis), chronic tonsillitis, persistent tonsillar swelling and chronic sore throat as a result of tonsil stones. ...Read more

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Will I get my tonsils removed. I have had strep every year and tonsil stones which are symptomatic. They are the size of huge pea.

Will I get my tonsils removed. I have had strep every year and tonsil stones which are symptomatic. They are the size of huge pea.

You could: Speak to an Ear Nose Throat doctor about all the risks and benefits. Sounds like you may not qualify if the strep is only once a year. Some prefer 3-4 per year. Nonetheless, if it is obstructing your airway they may consider and clear you surgically. Please see an Ear Nose Throat Doctor. ...Read more