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

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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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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Why do I get tonsil stones/what can I do to prevent them?

Why do I get tonsil stones/what can I do to prevent them?

Cryptic Tonsils: you get stones or particles in the tonsils because you have what are called cryptic tonsils. They have folds and holes in them that food particles get stuck in. You can gargle deeply or use a water pick to help get the particles out, but ultimately the treatment is to remove the tonsils. This is done if they are constantly or recurrently inflamed or infected, if one has severe bad breath ...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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Can using listerine everyday prevent you from developing tonsil stones?

Maybe : Tonsil stones start out as debris lodged in a crevice in the tonsil. Rinsing with listerine or another mouthwash may loosen debris on the tonsil. Once the tonsil debris hardens into a tonsil stone, rinsing with mouthwash will not displace the stone. ...Read more

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Im 24. Never had tonsil stones before. Now getting them at least once a month. No diet or lifestyle changes. Why am i getting them now? Prevention?

Im 24. Never had tonsil stones before.  Now getting them at least once a month. No diet or lifestyle changes. Why am i getting them now? Prevention?

Help on the way: Tonsil stones can be a nuisance but they can be prevented. Be sure you are on a clean, plant-based diet and minimize dairy. Take probiotics designed for oral microbiome. Gargle after meals with warm, salt water plus lemon juice. Keep yourself well hydrated to keep the back of your throat flushed. Maintain great oral hygiene: brush after meals. This should be effective with consistency. Good luck. ...Read more

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