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Suffering with a Sore Throat & Bad Breath? You Might Have Tonsil Stones

Posted on December 27th, 2020

Bangor dentist, Dr. James Sevey & Dr. Natalie Sigwart at Creative Dental Solutions tells patients about what causes tonsil stones and how to treat and prevent them from forming.You’ve heard of kidney and gallbladder stones, but have you heard of tonsil stones or experienced their formation yourself? The symptoms of tonsil stones may include:

  • Bad breath
  • Sore throat
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Ear pain

None of these are pleasant, so your dental team at Creative Dental Solutions is here to tell you ways you may be able to treat them at home as well as offer advice on how you can prevent them from returning. 

Leave the Stones to Sisyphus

Tonsil stones are the result of bacteria and debris accumulation in what are called the crypts of your tonsils, so your best defense is—surprise!—a diligent oral hygiene routine

Your tonsils are an important part of a strong immune system; in fact, the American Academy of Otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat doctors) refers to them as your “body’s first line of defense.” That’s just one example of how your oral health is linked to your overall wellness, which is something we work hard to convey to our dental family because we want you to feel as fantastic as possible!

So, what should you do if you suspect you have tonsil stones? You may be able to see them if you open your mouth widely and stick out your tongue (like doctors ask you to when they use tongue depressors)—they may be white, yellow, or gray nodes on your tonsils, or they might be burrowed within your tonsil and thus out of sight. 

Whether or not you see any, you may be able to dislodge them by gargling salt water or using a water flosser to flush the debris from your tonsils. Or, better yet, why not contact your Bangor dentist, Dr. James Sevey & Dr. Natalie Sigwart today to schedule a visit? We can perform a thorough and gentle examination and get you back on the road to optimal oral health!

The content of this blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions.

About Dr. James Sevey & Dr. Natalie Sigwart

Dr. Sevey has 30 years of experience in the dental profession. Dentistry is constantly evolving and Dr. Sevey’s commitment to continuing education keeps him current with the latest advances in order to benefit his patients.

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