Are troublesome tonsil stones giving you bad breath?

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Most people probably don’t think much about their tonsils or even what purpose they serve. But for some, the tonsils are a continuing source of annoyance and pain. Small calcium deposits — called tonsil stones — can build up regularly. They’re not a serious health risk, but they can harden and grow, and they sometimes need attention.

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When food or debris get caught in the crevices of your tonsils, they sometimes harden or calcify, forming temporary calcium deposits.

These deposits are often small, invisible to the naked eye and harmless. “Some people may not have any symptoms,” says Dr. Osborne. “There’s no medical concern if the tonsil stones aren’t causing problems.”

For others, however, tonsil stones cause noticeable problems. The most common signs and symptoms are:

  • Bad breath
  • Throat irritation
  • A whitish node or bump on your tonsil

Bad breath and throat irritation can also be signs of tonsillitis. But tonsillitis is caused by viruses or bacteriaand generally causes red, inflamed tonsils, as well as fever, headache and other symptoms.


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