Tonsil stones, also called tonsilloliths, can produce breath so foul that some writers have called their odor the “death aroma”. Made of white or yellow-white calcium salts, tonsilloliths lodge in crevasses in the tonsils. These so-called crypts also trap food, making them a perfect breeding ground for the bacteria that cause severe halitosis. Some researchers have suggested these bacteria also play a role in the formation of tonsil stones.
No one knows for sure how many people suffer from tonsil stones. But the numbers have likely increased because of a sharp decline in tonsillectomies. Once a common childhood operation, especially during the 1950s to 1970s, tonsillectomies in the United States now number only about 600,000 annually, down from several million per year just a few decades ago.
Scroll down to read our featured article, “How To Prevent Tonsil Stones”. It offers a simple treatment option that can eliminate tonsil stones and the bad breath they cause without surgery. Dr. Harold Katz, an expert on bad breath and author of the Bad Breath Bible, contributed this article.
Tonsil Stones (tonsilloliths) are caused by an accumulation of sulfur-producing bacteria and debris that become lodged in the tonsils. This debris (which can include mucous from post nasal drip) putrifies in the back of your throat, and collects in the tonsil crypts (small divots or pockets which appear on the surface of the tonsils).
When this debris combines with the Volatile Sulfur Compounds produced by the anaerobic bacteria beneath the surface of your tongue, along with the tonsil stones it can also create chronic Halitosis (and other stubborn bad breath and taste disorders).
Important: If you do not have your tonsils then you will NOT (except for rare exceptions) experience tonsil stones. However this does NOT mean that you should run out and get your tonsils removed.
As we get older, tonsillectomies become increasingly dangerous, but aside from that, even if you have your tonsils removed, you will most likely still have bad breath! Why is that?
You see, the sulfur producing bacteria breeding beneath the surface of your tongue (which are integral to the creation of those tonsil stones) are also the most likely candidates to cause bad breath!
So, even if you have your tonsils removed, unless you remove or hinder these anaerobic bacteria, your friends may still exhibit those tell-tale signs that YOU have bad breath! (ie pulling away, offering you gum, twitching at their nose, etc.)
And, since you can’t have your tongue removed (at least not in the U.S.), there is a better idea: Fortunately, getting rid of tonsil stones is not that difficult…
A simple combination of AktivOxigen Tablets and Nasal Sinus Drops will effectively eliminate tonsil stones without unnecessary tonsil surgery. Plus, occasional use of a Oxygenating Spray will help to immediately neutralize the anaerobic sulfur-producing bacteria on contact. This convenient Tonsil Stones Starter Kit contains the most essential items you need to get rid of tonsil stones and prevent them from coming back for good.
Now keep in mind, as you know from reading my ebook, if you truly want to prevent bad breath then you must use an oxygenating toothpaste and mouthwash and ideally a tongue scraper to effectively neutralize the anaerobic bacteria from the very back of the tongue.
When you use such an oxygenating toothpaste and mouthwash (like TheraBreath) you will experience a residual effect from the AktivOxigen/Nasal-Sinus Drops solution, and it will stop the tonsil stones from ever forming again.
From my clinical tests at the California Breath Clinics (office visits available in Los Angeles and San Francisco), we’ve found that most people following this formula have reported a significant reduction or complete elimination of tonsil stones.
About the author:
Dr. Harold Katz, founder of the California Breath Clinics, is a worldwide expert on the topics of bad breath, halitosis and dry mouth. His Bad Breath Bible is an easy-to-read guide to help YOU experience fresh breath every day for the rest of your life.