Tonsillitis is an infectious disease that causes severe throat pain, difficulty swallowing and fever. To make matters worse, white or yellow platelets that attach to the tonsils during infection and that cause swelling can also cause bad breath. These stones exhale a strong bad smell, which causes halitosis.
Do Tonsil Stones Cause Bad Breath?
If you have unexplained bad breath, it is possible that the stones of the tonsils are the culprit. It has been said that tonsil stones affect 16 to 24 percent of patients, although apparently they are already being detected much more frequently in clinical practice.
One study found that in reality about 40 percent of patients had stones in the tonsils, their prevalence increased with age (and occurring more frequently in people over 50 to 69.2 patients had an average of 18 stones each), with sizes ranging from 1 to 10 millimeters (mm).
Despite its prevalence, its exact causes remain a mystery, and few research studies have been conducted to discover the causes, perhaps because the stones are generally not considered dangerous. However, it is known to cause bad breath, courtesy of bacteria containing sulfur.
What Other Things Increase the Risk of Stones in the Tonsils?
You are more likely to develop tonsil stones if you have large tonsils, and in some people these tend to appear after an illness, such as pharyngitis. If you suffer from dry mouth, which can be caused by many prescription drugs, this also increases the risk, since it allows anaerobic bacteria to thrive.
Bad dental hygiene is also a risk factor, so brushing your teeth twice a day (be sure to also brush your tongue) and flossing, along with regular cleanings by a dentist and biological hygienist, will help ensure a good oral health.
Equally important is to eat a healthy diet and avoid sugars and processed foods. If you develop tonsil stones, you can usually remove them with a swab or a flossing device and water. Gargling with salt water can also help clean up debris and dislodge stones.
Although the removal of the tonsils (tonsillectomy) is sometimes recommended for calculations in the tonsils, this carries a significant risk of pain and bleeding and should only be used as a last resort, in the worst case.
Should the tonsils be removed?
Nowadays it is very common for patients to extend the tonsils to resolve the ailment and pass the halitosis. It turns out that when the intention of that surgical procedure is simply to eliminate bad breath, in most cases, it is unnecessary. If you want to eliminate halitosis it is necessary to remove the tonsils.