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What causes tonsil stones (tonsilloliths)?

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Your tonsils are filled with nooks and crannies where bacteria and other materials, including dead cells and mucous, can become trapped. When this happens, the debris can become concentrated in white formations that occur in the pockets. Tonsil stones, or tonsilloliths, are formed when this trapped debris hardens, or calcifies.

SOURCES:

American Academy of Otolaryngology: "Tonsils and Adenoids."

Ansai, T and Takehara, T. British Dental Journal, Mar 2005; vol 198: pp 263-264.

WebMD: "Tonsillitis Home Treatment."

Texas Pediatric Surgical Associates: "Tonsils and Tonsillectomy."

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on November 19, 2019

SOURCES:

American Academy of Otolaryngology: "Tonsils and Adenoids."

Ansai, T and Takehara, T. British Dental Journal, Mar 2005; vol 198: pp 263-264.

WebMD: "Tonsillitis Home Treatment."

Texas Pediatric Surgical Associates: "Tonsils and Tonsillectomy."

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on November 19, 2019

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