Throat Stones – What Exactly Are They?

Perhaps you have heard of the term throat stones and are confused by what they are. This particular term is quite misleading since these are not stones in any way. Throat stones are more commonly referred to as tonsil stones and its medical term tonsilloliths.

Tonsilloliths are referred to as stones because of their irregular white or yellow appearance. Although the name would imply that they are hard or rough in texture this is quite the opposite. Tonsilloliths are very soft and easily disintegrate when they are squeezed.

Tonsilloliths are found at the back of the throat and on the tonsils. Throat stones are not dangerous but can be very unpleasant. They are very often the cause of bad breath and are easy to manage. Anyone who has had this condition has experienced the very uncomfortable and foul taste they leave in the mouth.

Throat stones form when trapped debris of dead cells and mucus becomes calcified. This tends to occur most often in people who suffer from chronic inflammation in their tonsils or recurring tonsillitis. Tonsilloliths are very likely caused by a combination of dead white blood cells, overactive salivary glands, oral bacteria, mucous secretions, including postnasal drip and residue from food.

The result of all the secretions, mucous and bacteria leads to the development of what look like white or yellow balls in the tonsils. As you can see having this condition should NOT be a cause for alarm. It is common for people to become afraid that this is a sign of a severe illness such as cancer or a severe infection.

This is a very common problem that affects people of all ages so remember that you are NOT ALONE. There are several ways to prevent and manage this problem. If you aren’t sure whether you have this problem simply check with your doctor or dentist.