What is a Tonsilith? Tonsil Stones
So what exactly is a tonsilith? Also known as tonsil stones, tonsiliths are essentially calcified balls of grossness that get stuck in one's tonsils and often leave their victims with sore throats and stinky breath.
Tonsilith or "tonsil stones", are collections of various matter bound together in your tonsils. This matter is comprised mostly of food particles, dead cells, and oral bacteria which can form into hardened white balls and cause bad breath.
Tonsil stones form on the tonsil crevices and can harden and grow as they mature. They can become visible and can grow up to the size of marbles.
You may not even realize you are a victim of a dreaded tonsilith; if your throat is a bit sore and you are feeling a little self conscious about your breath don't automatically jump to the halitosis conclusion, you might just have a tonsilith.
In most cases tonsiliths will eventually remove themselves but if not be sure to go to a doctor just in case your tonsil stone is more severe than it seems.
If the tonsiliths have not hardened and matured you may be able to simply gargle the bacteria away with salt water.
If you can reach the tonsil stone with your toothbrush, try to scrape them away. You can also try pressing a q-tip down on your tonsils which sometimes pop the tonsiliths out of place.
If the tonsilith have become too hard you might need to see a doctor who may decide to remove your tonsils altogether. This is called a tonsillectomy. Or, another option is laser tonsillectomy which uses a carbon dioxide laser to literally 'beam' the tonsil crevices flat. Without tonsil crevices, the food particles and debris have nowhere to latch onto and thus your tonsiliths will disappear.
Now that you know what a tonsilith is, make sure to add check for tonsiliths to your oral hygiene routine, better to be safe than sorry.