White spots on tonsils are a common phenomenon, especially among kids. These spots can be Tonsilloliths or tonsil stones, as it is more commonly known as. This medical condition is also known as cryptic tonsils. White spots on tonsils are actually food particles covered in mucus, which solidify to take the shape of white patches or stones. As food particles get stuck around the tonsils, mucus gets secreted and covers these food particles; and we have what we call white spots on tonsils.
It is interesting to know, that it was not until recently that any substantial facts were known about it. Patients suffering from this condition were wrongly diagnosed and often wrong medication was administered to them. As it is, tonsil stones can be very irritating. This condition, however, is not a very critical condition and with the help of proper medication, can be treated pretty fast. Also, oral health is a vital part of your overall health. This is because; these putrid balls are nasty breeding grounds for bacteria, which may affect your overall health.
So, if you are stuck with these smelly balls of bacteria, mucus and food particles stuck together in the form a stone, you can indeed find them annoying as they might be accompanied with bad breath. If these stones get big enough, then you may even find it difficult to swallow food as well. It is therefore; better, to see to it, that you get these stones treated, as soon as possible.
The best thing to do, in such a condition, is to consult a dentist. A dentist would get you rid of these stones in the safest way. Apart from this, you can also go for several home remedies for treating this condition. So, you can use a clean cotton swab to clean out these stones. Make sure, that the cotton swabs are clean, to avoid any oral infection.
Another home remedy to remove these stones is gargle with hot salt water. Gargle with salt water can be very effective in removing these white spots. So, take a cup of hot water add some salt to it and gargle out these stones away. Repeat the process for some time.
Although these stones are quite smelly, they shall be smellier, when they finally come out. And you shall be glad to get that stuff out of your mouth. After cleaning out, rinse your mouth properly.
You should always remember that these stones are not an infection of the tonsils or a throat irritation, but simply, a lump formed by bacterial growth over mucus and food particles deposited over your tonsil crypts or crevices. They are therefore, not a matter of serious concern. As it is, proper oral care can prevent their formation in future. As it is, Tonsilloliths is a very common oral problem and regular visits to dentist, can save you from it.