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What is the White Stuff on my Tonsils or in my Throat? - Tonsil Stones

Updated on October 15, 2011

So, your tonsils are swollen and when you look in the mirror you see that they have white stuff on them.  White bits on your tonsils may seem like a major problem, but in reality, it is actually quite common and can normally be easily treated.  Sometimes these white spots on tonsils can be the cause of bad breath or a foul taste in the mouth.  Because of this, you may want to take care of this problem as soon as you can.

If you have not been to a doctor about this problem before, you may want to go and make sure you do not have a mouth infection or other problem that requires medicine or other treatment.  If you have recently been treated for tonsillitis or another mouth infection then chances are what you have are tonsil stones.

Tonsil stones are also known as tonsilloliths.  They are kind of a yellowish/white glob of mucus and bacteria that gets caught in the throat.  They form in the pockets that are in everyone’s tonsils.  They do tend to smell or taste bad.

The smell associated with these white things that form on the tonsils is actually caused by sulfur compounds (methyl mercaptan and hydrogen sulfide), post nasal drip (or the stuff that drains out of your nose into your throat while you sleep), and bacteria.

Dentists do not believe that they cause any real harm, they are just unpleasant tasting and smelling white stuff on your tonsils.  Some dentists have misdiagnosed them as being food debris, leading people to believe that they don’t do a good job with oral hygiene. 

If you want to get rid of them you can try a couple of different tricks.  First you may want to get a spray bottle and try spraying warm to hot water directly on the tonsils.  This may help in a lot of situations.  Other people may get rid of tonsil stones by gargling with Listerine or even warm salt water.  This is a great way to get rid of the bacteria that is associated with them.

Do not pick at the tonsils or poke them with a tootbrush, q-tip or other object.  If you can rid yourself of them you may need to visit a dentist or oral surgeon and have them removed professionally.


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