By Dr. Harold Katz - BAD BREATH EXPERT
Have you ever tried breaking open one of those tonsilloliths? They smell horrible like bad breath odor!
Try it sometime and you’ll be in for an unpleasant surprise. They smell like a cross between rotten eggs!
Those white smelly lumps called tonsilloliths are actually composed of a couple of gases that cause bad smells. These are hydrogen sulfide and methyl mercaptan. It turns out that these are the same gases that cause the odor of halitosis in most people.
However this information is a little misleading – in the case of tonsil stones, usually the smell is contained within the tonsil stones themselves. Unless it actually breaks open in the back of your throat, this odor is not usually released.
However(and this is a big however), if you are creating these tonsillar stones, and thus the foul odors of methyl mercaptan and hydrogen sulfide, then you have the exact oral environment that is most conducive to bad breath. This environment exists in the back of your throat and tonsils.
Thus, people with tonsilloliths usually have a bad 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) are also very likely to cause halitosis.
For more information on halitosis and all of its causes, I highly recommend taking a moment to download a free ebook called The Bad Breath Bible. This highly informative ebook, written by Dr. Harold Katz, tells you everything you need to know about breath issues, and how to stop them.
People commonly mistake a tonsillolith for something else. A tonsil stone is not caused by tonsillitis! Tonsillitis is a tonsil infection that sometimes needs antibiotics to be treated. To get rid of tonsil stones, you may just need to gargle with warm salt water combined with lime juice. You can also squeeze your throat or use a syringe to dislodge them. However, some people may have a recurring problem, but they can use home remedies which normally take care of the tonsilloliths. Laser surgery may be needed for extreme cases, so be sure to consult your doctor if the problem is persistent.
The next common misconception I will discuss about tonsil stones is that they require a tonsillectomy in order to get rid of them. Tonsillectomies are surgical procedures for removing tonsils. They are not necessary for tonsil stones; there are much easier methods for solving this problem. You can read an article about getting rid of tonsil stones for more information.
Another ailment tonsil stones may be mistaken for is plague. People may mistake it for plague because tonsilloliths look like irregular-shaped chunks of gunk that is sometimes found on teeth. Tonsil stones are not plague growths