Are Tonsil Stones Dangerous? How to Avoid Them?

Some people keep asking, “Are tonsil stones dangerous?” Followed by the 2nd most popular question of, “What are tonsil stones and how can I avoid them?” Fact is, if we have a basic understand what tonsil stones actually are, we can have some understanding of how ‘dangerous’ they can be. But as a lot of people are still missing that underlying knowledge on tonsil stones in general, they’re likely to keep asking and wondering about this thing called tonsil stones.

Before we dive deeper into the subject of the dangers tonsil stones may present, let me first provide the basic facts of tonsil stones, as have been explained here and Wikipedia also posted here

tonsil tones image 1Tonsil stones are things that are yellowish-white in color, and are similar to stones. Tonsil stones are formed by foods residues that stick onto your mouth. The existence of bacteria also plays a part in the forming these stuff that’s lodged into the crevices of the mouth.

The telltale signs of people with tonsil stones are pain while swallowing and bad breath. If you experience any of the aforementioned symptoms, then you need to immediately check the areas around your mouth and tonsils. And if you come across a solid object that is yellowish-white, then there’s a good chance that might be tonsil stones and you need to watch out.

The ‘dangers’ of tonsil stones.

In reality, tonsil stones doesn’t really present an immediate danger or health concerns to people suffering from this condition. I mean unlike laryngitis which can really cause severe discomfort, tonsil stones can only be considered dangerous when it’s reached a certain size and therefore impede on respiratory functions and the swallowing of food.

When a tonsil stone is large enough in size, then the bad breath associated with this condition can really debilitate your social life. These stones are formed by food residues and bacteria as well as dead cells which accumulate to form tonsil stones.

The substances contained in these stones can produce a really pungent and unpleasant odor, similar to sulfur. So in answering the initial question of, “Are tonsil stones dangerous?” Yes, it can be dangerous, but not in a life-threatening sense, but more in a social sense. Having a really severe case of bad breath can really debilitate you socially, professionally as well as romantically.

Okay, so let’s review these effects on your body and general health. As discussed previously, tonsil stones are made up of various things including bacteria. Bacteria accumulates on the tonsils and will inevitably affect your general health. Pay attention to the following picture, tonsil stones can actually trap tiny particles in the mouth. This can have an adverse effect because if the particles accumulate – which they eventually will – they will form a solid object that can clog your throat and mouth. So apart from halitosis (which is the fancy term for bad breath), these stones may actually endanger your life (although pretty unlikely I might add).

Let’s take this a step further; say that you’re now living with tonsil stones and you want to treat your condition. Realistically, what can you do? Well, there’s actually a lot of ways you can take to eliminate your tonsil stones, but I’m just going to discuss the more well known ones.

  1. Surgery: Are you terrified of the idea of going under the knife? Yes, one of the surest way to eliminate your tonsil stones and stop them from recurring is surgery. “Is it safe?” I hear you ask. Although I’m sure that most doctors or surgeons are very competent and professionals, but there’s always a risk in undergoing surgery. One of my biggest concerns regarding surgically removing your tonsils are the possible bleeding that may occur. Although this risk is a possibility, it’s also somewhat unlikely.
  2. Natural, home remedies: This is one of the most popular tonsil removal methods to date. This approach allows us to utilize natural, everyday ingredients to our advantage. This approach is considered risk free as it doesn’t involve mutilating oneself with a surgical knife. For example, we can use salt and warm water and mix them together to form a concoction with tonsil stones removal properties. Gargle 3 times a day with this mixture and watch as the mixture slowly erodes the stones. We can also use lemon and water mixture, which you then must gargle. Don’t forget to spit the mixture out, do not swallow. The mixture will have tonsil stones debris as well as bacteria and germs which are hazardous to your health.
  3. Minor tools and even hands: Cotton buds are one of the tools you can use to dislodge the stones. You can even use your fingers to do so. If it sounds easy, well it’s because it is easy. But you need to keep exercising caution as the chances of bleeding and subsequently infection are always a possibility. Make sure you wash your hands properly before attempting to remove the tonsil stones.

So the bottom line is that tonsil stones can indeed present its sufferers with health risks, like bad breath which can seriously jeopardize your social and love life. The discomfort when eating or drinking and ultimately the risks involved with our attempt to remove them. Tonsil stones removal can pave the way to infection as its removal may cause bleedings and lacerations.

Although it’s safe to say that tonsil stones are not exactly lethal or life threatening, but their presence do affect some parts of our lives and health. The psychological aspects of tonsil stones are the ones that are frequently overlooked by medical professionals and the general public alike. Basically, tonsil stones are not something that you want to be present in your life.

Maintaining the health and hygiene of your mouth and throat, avoiding the occurrence and recurrence of this condition is something that you can do fairly easily. Like regularly brushing your teeth, gargle with anti-bacterial mouthwash and so on. Point is, at best tonsil stones can be a nuisance, while at worst they can pose some serious risks to your health. The easiest way of avoiding them is to adopt a healthy mouth and throat regiment, and stick to it religiously.