By Dr. Harold Katz - BAD BREATH EXPERT
Have you ever wondered if tonsil stones could cause bad breath? If you’ve ever tried breaking one of them open, you know that they sure smell like they could!
Try it sometime and you’ll be in for an unpleasant surprise! They smell like a cross between rotten eggs and vomit!
I had always thought that this was the source of my bad breath – however it turns out that this is sometimes true, but not always true!
Those white smelly lumps called tonsil stones are actually composed of a couple of gases that really do cause bad smells. These are hydrogen sulfide and methyl mercaptan. And it turns out that these are the same gases that can create breath issues for many people.
In my case, this was the source of my problem – my tonsil stones.
However this information can be misleading – tonsiloliths are not always the source of your problem. The smell from tonsil stones is actually contained within the tonsil stones themselves. Unless it actually breaks open in the back of your throat, this odor is not usually released.
But (and this is a big but)… if you are creating tonsil stones (and thus the foul odors of methyl mercaptan and hydrogen sulfide), then you have the exact oral environment to cause bad breath, existing in the back of your throat and tonsils.
Thus, in most cases, people with tonsil stones, also may have a breath problem – either occasional or chronic. This is because the exact conditions that cause tonsil stones (post-nasal drip, dry mouth, white tongue, excess mucous), and also very likely to create breath problems.
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