Treating Tonsil Stones

2018-01-14T19:32:31+00:00 Man|0 Comments

What are Tonsil Stones?

You might not think much about your tonsils until the cold season when they become enlarged, but what purpose do they serve? Tonsils are fleshy tissue at the back of the throat on each side. This small bit of tissue detects bacteria and viruses that enter the mouth, then filters them using white blood cells and antibodies. Tonsils are layered with mucous membrane, the same slippery mucosa that is inside the mouth, throat and nose. Tonsils have crevices and when calcium deposits build up in them, they form tonsil stones, also known as tonsilloliths. Tonsil stones can go undetected and are often seen only by an x-ray or CT scan.

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