The tonsils are an important part of the human immune system. The help catch and kill bacteria or viruses in the mouth, helping to prevent infections. In the main, this system works well, however some people are prone to tonsil stones whose scientific name is tonsilloliths. This condition plagues many more people than one might realize.
For those who have larger tonsils than average, the crevices in their tonsils are larger and this bacteria and mouth debris can actually get trapped and begin forming into small whitish or yellowish balls. The mucous and bacteria that are trapped inside may sometimes concentrate, harden and calcify to form tonsil stones.
A person who has a tonsil stone or several tonsil stones will normally suffer from bad breath, sometimes a sore throat, and always visible lumpy white material present at the back of the throat.
The bad breath will smell similar to rotten eggs – this is because there is a high sulfuric content that enterprises the bacteria associated with the tonsil stones. Sulfur compounds are one of the key symptoms. Almost 70% of the people who have tonsil stones will have the odor.
If the tonsil stones become larger, a person may possibly experience symptoms such as a sore feeling in their throat, but not always. It is important to keep in mind that a sore throat does not need to indicate tonsilloliths as it could even result due to a tonsillitis infection.
Other symptoms such as lumpy stuff which is white or yellowish in color may be seen as well.