Are you feeling self-conscious about that sour smell that lingers even after you’ve brushed your teeth? Have you tried different kinds of toothpaste and mouthwashes, only to find that the problem persists?
If so, you might be dealing with tonsil stones.
Tonsil stones: What you need to know
The tonsils are part of the body’s immune system. Because of their location, they can easily prevent germs from entering the body, either through the nose or the mouth. The various types of tonsils also contain a high volume of white blood cells, which help prevent disease and sickness.
Despite the advantages of having healthy tonsils, they can sometimes become more of a problem than a solution. Every time a person eats, food travels through the tonsils, which heightens the probability of food getting stuck in or around the tonsil region.
Tonsil stones, also known as tonsilloliths, are caused when an accumulation of sulfur-producing bacteria gets stuck in your tonsils. This condition is more common in female patients, and it can cause persistent bad breath over time.
Typically, tonsil stones will dislodge on their own. You’ve probably coughed one up at some point in your life. However, it is possible for the stone to remained lodged, allowing it to grow as the bacteria multiplies. There are ways to rid yourself of tonsil stones before they get too big, such as:
- Gargling with apple cider vinegar
- Rinsing and gargling with saltwater
- Swabbing with cotton swabs
- Using a low-pressure irrigator to penetrate the area (for adults only)
If these methods prove ineffective, you should schedule an appointment with a specialist, like Dr. Wright of Wright Sinus Choice. He can quickly assess whether your symptoms are tonsil stone-related and whether more invasive measures, such as a tonsillectomy, are needed.
What if tonsil stones aren’t the problem?
There is, of course, a chance that you aren’t dealing with tonsil stones. Sinusitis is a prevalent contributor to bad breath—both in adults and in children.
“What’s the most common symptom of sinusitis in children? Bad breath,” claims Dr. Wright. “If you think your child is having a lot of episodes with bad breath, you have to think it’s the sinuses. I would be more than happy to take a look at them; it’s a simple examination.”
If you suspect that you or your child may be dealing with either tonsil stones or sinusitis, do not hesitate to call the Wright Sinus Choice at 956-998-6673. Visit them online at wrightsinuschoice.com.