It’s easy to forget how complex the inner workings of your mouth truly are. You enjoy your lunch, you sip your tea, and you brush your teeth every single day, and rarely give it any thought. That is until pain, soreness, and irritation come knocking. Your tonsils are often overlooked too, up until the moment that there’s something wrong with them.
One of the few things that may cause you to curse out your tonsils is known as tonsil stones. But what are they, what causes them, what are their symptoms and what can you do to get rid of them? Read along and find out!
What Are Tonsil Stones?
Tonsil stones aren’t always easy to spot and can vary wildly in shape and size. But what exactly are they?
The back section of the average human throat features a pair of soft tissue masses called tonsils. Part of what’s known as the lymphatic system, tonsils are usually called on to help trap bacteria and viruses that enter your body through your mouth.
Tonsil stones, medically referenced as tonsilloliths, are white or yellowish masses that sometimes develop on the surface of the tonsil. Tonsil stones can range in size quite dramatically, making them quite difficult to diagnose without professional help.