Why Do I Keep Getting Tonsil Stones?

Why do you keep getting tonsil stones? There really is no straightforward answer to that question. Some theories claim that tonsil stones or tonsillitis run in families and it is all about genetics, while other schools of thought claim that it is not heretitary.

While some people who have good oral hygiene practices, brushing their teeth and flossing regularly will still develop tonsil stones. Ironically some other people who have terrible oral hygiene, never bothering much with teeth cleansing on a regular basis much less flossing but never never develop them. That's life, much the same as with any other illness or health problem, it all seems to be down to pot luck. At the moment there is no real scientific evidence to prove which theory is right either way.

Tonsillitis are thought to be a side effect of throat infections and enlarged tonsils which can be as a result of a deficiency in the immune system. Tonsils often have crypts or holes on the surface. Over a period of time these holes can collect a lot of food particles and other debris. This debris will decompose and rot due to the moisture and warm environment of the throat. It can also calcify and become hard and stone like.

Tonsil stones can be dislodged from the back of the throat by gentle prodding with a long object such as toothbrush or cotton wool bud.

Doctor often prescribes antibiotics but these are often not very effective for any length of time

Maintaining a healthy lifestyle with a good diet and regular exercising goes a long way to keeping fit and healthy, thereby developing a healthy immune system.

Keeping up good oral hygiene by brushing your teeth and flossing after every meal can go a long way to combating the bad breath often associated with tonsillitis. Gargling with warm salt water to eliminate bacteria and germs will also help to banish tonsil stones.