Tonsil stones, what are they and where do the come from? If, you have developed tonsil stones you may have done so for a number of reasons. Most of the health conditions we develop are not through a fault of our own, they just happen and the same thing applies to tonsil stones. However, there are some common causes of tonsil stones, and when you know what they are you might be able to avoid them.
The tonsils can help to prevent bacteria from entering the body, but sometimes they do just the opposite. They can become infected and give us tonsillitis and contribute to other throat infections.
Inside of the tonsils you will find what is known as tonsil crypts or chambers. On occasions, unwanted matter and bacteria can become stuck in here and lead to infections. If you are unlucky, this process can lead to tonsil stones.
You can develop oral thrush when you are run down or after a course of antibiotics. Oral thrush will appear as yellow or white matter on the surfaces of your mouth, and even down towards your throat.
Your mouth will taste bad and the bacteria cultures which live in your throat may alter. This can lead to tonsil stones developing as many of the friendly bacteria would have been killed off by the antibiotics.
Dead Tissue and Debris
When you brush and floss your teeth, dead tissue and debris from in between your teeth may fall down towards the throat. It can become trapped in the crypts of the tonsil, and a build up can cause tonsil stones. Gargling with water or mouthwash after you have brushed your teeth may prevent this.
The Mucus Connection
Mucus can develop both in the nasal passages and throat due to bacterial and virus infections, or alternatively due to allergies such as hay fever. Some asthma sufferers also develop mucus and are known to suffer from tonsil stones.
The mucus can build up in your throat and even in your tonsil crypts. This can over time lead to tonsil stones developing. Avoiding a mucus build up will help you to avoid tonsil stones.
Many diary products can cause excess mucus. It is used to be commonly thought that bacteria in milk and cheese may cause infections which lead to tonsil stones, but this is not true as people who only use unpasteurized dairy foods do not develop tonsil stones.
There are many resins contained in pasteurized foods, and they may cause hardening and assimilation of matter within the throat. This can also lead to tonsil stones.
It is true, that some dairy products may cause mucus, but most scientists now believe pasteurized products do not necessary cause mucus and may even lead to snoring. Mucus is the body’s defence against a foreign organism or a compound it does not recognize. Calcium may possibly cause tonsil stones, but this is very unlikely.
Bacteria can cause tonsil stones, and the bad smell that you notice when you have tonsil stones, is a direct result of sulphur compounds produced by bacteria. Some bacteria can even harden and clump together, and this will lead to tonsil stones forming in the folds of the tonsils.
Not Enough Saliva
Sometimes we do not produce enough saliva. This can be as a direct result of blocked saliva glands, or medication that we are taking.
The saliva is there to help to protect the mouth and throat, and without enough saliva we can suffer poor throat health. If, you suffer from a dry mouth, it is important to drink fluids on a regular basis. Not only will this encourage saliva production, but it will help to flush away bacteria which may other become stagnant in the mouth and throat.
Tonsillitis and other throat infections
Tonsillitis and other throat infections can cause tonsil stones, and when you do suffer a throat infection it is important to treat it as soon as possible. Bacteria will build up in your tonsils, and can potentially form into tonsil stones.
However, it is not only tonsillitis which is associated with tonsil stones. Other throat infections caused by bacteria may also lead to the condition developing.
The best weapon against tonsil stones is good oral hygiene routine. Use a gentle but effective toothpaste and rinse with an alcohol free mouth wash. The more natural oral products you can use, the less likely you are to develop tonsil stones.