Just what are Tonsil Stones?

Many people suffer from sore and swollen throats, yet never really know why, nor how to find lasting relief.  If you’re one of the many people who deal with regular, and or reoccurring pain that seem to have no visible cause, then it’s quite possible that you have developed tonsil stones. Tosilloliths, or more commonly called tonsil stones are small pea sized formations composed of mostly calcium that are lodged in the folds of the throat.

These stones can cause regular pain to a person suffering from them, and though they are not dangerous, the discomfort can be severe enough to cause someone to seek out various methods of treatment as extreme as surgery to have them removed.


There are a wide range of symptoms that one can experience from tonsil stones, but the biggest one does not actually cause pain to the sufferer, rather embarrassment, as it comes in the form of bad breath, or halitosis.

1.    Bad Breath
Bad breath is an indication that your oral cavity is not in optimal health, and that there may be underling issues causing the halitosis. When bacteria spreads to such a degree in your mouth and throat, an increase in sulfuric compounds is produced and this compound causes the halitosis.  It is these same bacteria that are believed to be the cause for the formation of the tonsil stones.

2.    Throat Swelling
Certainly inflammation may occur without the presents of tonsils stones, however if you experience regular reoccurring swelling in the through area, then that is a very good indication that tonsil stones may be present causing irritation. These foreign objects are hard, and have been recorded weighing as much as 43 grams.

3.    White Debris in Throat
Another symptom of tonsil stones is white debris in the throat.  A healthy throat should be free of any debris, so if you do notice anything unnatural looking in that area, it is important that you have a check up by a physician.  ENT doctors are specialists in the area of the ears, nose and throat, and know more about tonsil stones than traditional doctors.

4.    Ear Aches
Ear aches aren’t usually associated with tonsil stones, but sharp and sudden pain and discomfort in the ear are sometimes caused by tonsilloliths, or the presence of tonsil stones.  The reason the throat and the ears are connected is because there is a nerve network that runs between these two areas.  Our ears are highly sensitive, and the ears and throat are a tightly-knit system, so any problem in one of these areas can cause what is called “referred pain” throughout the rest of the system.

Tonsil stone removal

The safest way to rid yourself of tonsil stones is by following the recommendation from above, and that’s by visiting a doctor who specializes in the ears, nose and throat.  They will more than likely perform a very simple non invasive surgery.  The surgery is really not all that painful, however they will usually give you a local mild anesthetic, one that will allow you to stay awake through the procedure, but will keep you from feeling any pain while they remove the tonsil stones from the occupied areas.