White Spots On Tonsils
Have you ever had that feeling that you have a piece of popcorn stuck in your throat but you haven’t eaten any popcorn?
You roll your tongue around trying to dislodge it but can’t, so you get a flashlight and go to the bathroom mirror. As you look into your throat you think, what are those white spots on my tonsils?
Could it be I have strep throat? There’s no pain. Could I have throat cancer? Now a panic starts to set in. Well relax, the most likely diagnosis is tonsil stones.
Now you’re asking what are tonsil stones? First off, rest assured that they are rarely harmful. The actual medical term is tonsilloliths although they are most always called tonsil stones.
They generally show up as white spots on your tonsils. You see, although your tonsils may look smooth when you look into your throat they actually have small crevices and pockets in them called tonsil crypts.
It is believed that the purpose of these crypts is to catch tiny air born particles before you breath them into your lungs. Then as you swallow or drink these particles get washed down.
The problem is some people have crypts large enough for these particles to get deep inside and hide. Not just these particles but also pieces of food and mucus from post nasal drip.
As saliva gets into the crypts the digestive acids eat away at the softer material and leave behind clumps of harder material made up of various minerals. These clumps are what show up as white spots on your tonsils and are known as tonsil stones.
Probably the worst problem with tonsil stones is not the white spots on your tonsils but the bad breath that often goes along with them.
The reason for the bad breath is that anaerobic bacteria feed on these calcified mineral masses. Like any other living creature, when they eat they expel waste.
This sulfurous waste can make your breath smell like you’ve been drinking from a sewer. If people duck when you talk, now you know why.
Although the only sure way to get rid of tonsil stones is to have your tonsils removed, the symptoms can be treated quite easily with proper oral hygiene products, and continued use of these products will keep the stones from ever coming back.