Tonsil stones are quite common and have some common symptoms namely metallic taste, frequent bad breath and sore throat. Statistics state that a good percentage of the population has tonsil stones and suffer from its effects.
What are tonsil stones?
At the back of the throat, lumps of calcified material begin to form in the fleshy pad and are called as tonsil stones. They can form in either the lingual tonsils or in the palantine tonsils. They weigh from 0.3 grams to 42 grams and are majorly composed of Calcium. Small deposits of carbonate, magnesium, phosphorous and ammonia are also present. The calcification of the trapped debris results in the creation of Tonsil Stones. The nooks and crannies are filled with mucus, dead cells and bacteria. These materials then accumulate to form debris and further collect in the pockets as white formations. It is also possible for the debris to start to produce and get blocked in the tonsil crypt. They are said to be the biggest cause for bad breath. They are also very common in people who have repeated bouts of tonsil stones and who suffer from chronic inflammation. It is also worth noting that they occur in children than in adults.How to get rid of tonsil stones could be done by natural methods or with treatment that will depend on the level of discomfort and the size of the stones. There are many techniques that you can use to treat the tonsil stones.
Though you can try natural methods, when the tonsils are big, it is best to use medical treatment. One of the most common methods that is used to treat tonsils is to gargle with salt water in order to get rid of bad breadth and to prevent the accumulation of tonsils in your mouth.