Tonsil Stones 101 – Do You Have a Tonsil Stone?

Tonsil stone is a little white ball of calcareous matter that can be found in the back of your throat. It is caused by the accumulation of bacteria that produce sulfur and other debris that form in the tonsils. This debris usually consists of mucous from post nasal drip and collects small pockets called tonsil crypts which appear on the surface of the tonsils. When the debris and the volatile Sulfur compounds produced by anaerobic bacteria beneath the surface of your tongue combine, they create a stubborn bad breath and a horrible taste. You will not experience tonsil stone if you do not have tonsils. However this does not indicate that you should have your tonsils removed. Tonsil Stone may also be called tonsillar debris, sneeze nugget, calculus of the tonsil or tonsillolith.

A tonsil stone is barely noticeable. It is small and the tonsil crypt is shallow so the stone just falls out on itself through coughing. It may cause irritation to some people as it gives a feeling that there is a foreign object lodged in the back of your throat. It also brings bad breath, chronic tonsillitis, sometimes ear pain and sore throat if not removed early enough.

A tonsil stone is seen at the bottom rear of your mouth. It is the result from debris that gets stuck in your mouth. This must be eliminated by scraping it out or by poking it using your fingernail, or using a wet cotton bud to squeeze your tonsil until the stone is removed. Bottomline is it has to be removed quickly before it causes you to have undesirable bad breath, frequent sore throat or tonsillitis.