Small plaque balls in tonsils
Small plaque balls in tonsils
Author: Rebekah Leinin
I find and feel small and large yellowish white like balls of plaque lodged in my tonsils every day. i have tried gargling,brushing my teeth 24/7 and everything else, I have found that if you tape 2 tooth pics together to make one long one, you just push on the ball of plaque and it squeezes out the other side. My tonsils also hurt regularly. I have looked everywhere to find out what it is and still no answer.
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guest commented on 13 Oct 2008, 03:59:31
I had these for years and they got worse as I got to my late teens. In the end, I had throat infections almost every month and had my tonsils out at 19. Its the best thing I ever did but the recovery was pretty painful. Worth it though - I know other people that get them too.
HK commented on 06 Nov 2008, 13:37:43
I seem to get these at random times throughout the year in month-long spurts, plus or minus. I have found that my breath gets worse than usual during these spurts - which is understandable since they stink and they're right there in the middle of your windpipe. I found elsewhere that their scientific name is "tonsilolith", in case you want a more complete web search. I have no clue how to prevent them or treat them. They just come and go. Any hints can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. Have a great day!
HK again commented on 06 Nov 2008, 13:43:17
That's tonsilloliths with 2 L's, by the way.
guest commented on 30 Dec 2008, 22:27:57
Instead of 2 toothpicks taped together, try using a stir stick from Starbucks. They are long enough and work great!
guest commented on 17 Feb 2009, 22:20:46
I have used a blackhead/pimple remover tool found in the cosmetic section. I believe they are by the tweezers and toenail clippers in wal mart. I use the "blackhead" side because it is smooth and rounded. I also use tongue depressers to hold my tongue done while doing this. I have become actually pretty "talented" at removing these so I can hold a flash light in one hand... keep my tongue study... and use the blackhead remover to get them out.
guest commented on 02 Jun 2009, 11:39:07
has anyone used the tonsil stone remedy that highlighted on bottom of this page. u have 2 click on it 2 view.
I really don't know what 2 do anymore about these nasty balls. At this point im considering trying this tonsil stone remedy or getting my tonsils removed...
It's really effecting my social life. I throw up from how disgusted i get from these things. My breath is horrible apparently, according 2 my bf. It's really just embarrassing! :-(
Throat-Health Enthusiast commented on 05 Aug 2009, 11:51:28
Normally, any food or fluid we consume has to be "sampled" by the tonsil. Over time, bits of the stuff we consume pile up inside the crevices of the tonsils but the lining of the crevice must automatically separate and fall out with the debris build up of food and descend into the food pipe and then the stomach.
When this does not happen, the stuff just keeps building up anyway. It is not harmful and normally only a matter of time before it will fall out by itself.
In case of infection, pain, odor/smell or any other complication, it's a good idea to visit an ENT specialist who will either carefully take the stuff out, or recommend and perform a minor surgery to remove the tonsils.
Usually though, gargling with warm water with/without salt is recommended.
Please do not try toothpicks/cosmetic products/Starbucks stir sticks. You almost certainly develop an infection or hurt yourself. It's really the wrong place you wanna see blood oozing out from, or find pus the next day.
HJ commented on 07 Sep 2009, 20:02:25
I also have the same problem as all of you!!! It is a terrible thing I know! I have found that dipping a q-tip in mouth wash, sticking out your tongue out as far as you can and inserting the q-tip into the tonsil is helpful! Do it several times, then gargle with warm water... then take the end of a toothbrush and massage around the front of the tonsil area pushing all the bacteria to the opening of the tonsils where it can be seen, then repeat the process!~ and when brushing your teeth be sure to brush the hell out of your tongue!!! Someone else commented that you can use a water pik,.... I got 2 of them & the pressure of the water was so extreme it actually made my tonsils bleed! Even when it was on the lowest setting,... ???? Good luck!
guest commented on 29 Dec 2009, 17:31:02
I just want it 2 stop.....
guest commented on 12 Feb 2010, 16:10:52
very small crochet hooks work very well. Thats the only thing that i have found that works so far.
guest commented on 14 Mar 2010, 08:05:53
WATER PIK THEM OUT!!!
I've had these for years, and I've always just "Hawked" them up when I could, but sometimes there are some stubborn ones that just won't come out either because they are to large and lodged in tight, or I can feel them but can't see them. I've tried all sorts of removal remedies, but up until today I never tried my Water PIK, but I did and washed the "Plaque Nuggets" right out of there. I used a solution of warm water and mouth wash together, made sure my moth was pointed toward the sink, and had my water pik on medium spray. It even got rid of my sore throat, the one you get right before you get a full blown cold.
Well good luck to you, and let me know how it worked out.
guest commented on 30 Jun 2010, 11:31:36
i Have That Too Andd Myy Right Tonsil Hurts..i WOuld Suggest Gettin Them Checked To Take Them Outt.
guest commented on 12 Aug 2010, 03:41:16
I get these too and my dentist said that it is a build up of plaque that forms in the crypts (holes) of the tonsils. I use the curved end of a hair clip to tease them out after I have depressed the tonsil with a flat thing (such as an ice-lolly stick or emery board). Sometimes the amount that comes out makes me wretch, it's very disgusting. I wish someone could say what makes it worse (sugary/milky foods for example) so that I could avoid it. Anyway it seems to come and go and I usually start getting an uncomfortable throat when I realise i need to getting my 'tools' out.
guest commented on 20 Sep 2010, 20:42:54
tonsillolith, that's the medical term for what you guys are describing. Yes it is accompanied by bad breath, and hacking does not work. You can try scooping it out, or you can push it out from the pockets, that have formed behind your tonsils. If this does not work you can discuss with your doctor various form of removal, worst case scenario, tonsilectimy. this is not however a very serious condition, trouble swallowing, swelling of lymphnodes, and various other symptoms follow this. This can be caused by mucus secretions, intolerance to dairy, smoking without a filter, and other reasons. Just see if the plaque gets bigger, and then check in with your doctor.
guest commented on 31 Oct 2010, 06:09:49
I have had this problem since i was a small kid and now im 40.
Yes sometimes its worse than other times but i dont think its such a serious problem.
As long as they sit there and behave themselves, let sleeping dogs lie.
guest commented on 16 Dec 2010, 09:37:24
It seems advice is to remove tonsils, or manage the condition. I have these on and off but I notice they are much worse when my weight is up, and my diet poor: I find eating nuts and starchy foods - like cake, cookies, rich desserts at night especially make them worse. They reduce when I eat more high fibre fruits like oranges and apples last thing (but not just before bed) - I feel these leave the mouth much cleaner and maybe even massage the tonsils on the way down. This works when I am committed to doing it every day apart from the odd dinner out! Try it! I shall try the salt water gargle now..
guest commented on 09 Jan 2011, 17:43:34
I am very obsessed with my oral hygiene, so the shock I got when I saw my tonsil covered in yellow lumps, on a closer look I scraped one to see it was a little rock , now I have them every few days and its making me paranoid when I talk to people. :( Help!!
Danny hazle commented on 10 Jan 2011, 15:29:18
Lots of people get them, coffie, smoking, crap diet, and oral sex causes them, so clean your little finger real good im talking sterlise it and poke them out by pushing next to them then gargle with mouth wash and this will stop infection but not to hard or they will blead, keep fit with lots of running and they wont come back, and you dont want them back cos they smell worse than shit, the medical term is dog breath. No smokin or drinking and keep fit trust me i've had them, or have your tonsils out and do as you please but crap bulids up every where rember.
guest commented on 14 Jan 2011, 10:22:36
i have had these for a number of years. i'm able to pop them out by sticking my fingers on my tonsils and applying some pressure. mine come and go. Seems like they move around to various areas. (meaning i can get rid of them but they will start appearing else where). some times i can stick my tonque back there and feel them (i don't reccomend anyone doing this- for me it's like people being double jointed. my tongue is double jointed!! LOL)
guest commented on 02 Feb 2011, 18:16:40
Tonsil stones... if your tonsils are huge & sore, get your tonsils taken out. It'll solve the problem. If your tonsils are ok, and you've still got stones popping out... And your breath stinks bad, check behind the skin flaps that cover your tonsils, these flaps hide pockets in front of the tonsil that collect tonsil stones and you can't feel them or see them. You can pry back the skin flap with a Qtip and you'll see white stones. Or you can buy an Oral Irrigator and flush the stones out with water. I use a combo of methods: Smart Mouth Mouthwash, Biotene Mouthwash, tongue scraping, peroxide mouth rinse, salt water, and I flush my tonsils with the irrigator once a week to blast away any food debris or bacteria.
If the stones are lodged inside your actual tonsils... this is harder to remove them unless they work their way to a crypt opening. Thankfully my tonsils are small and have tiny crypts, but I still get stones once in a while. Once I flushed behind the skin flaps it solved most of the bad taste & breath I was experiencing.
guest commented on 11 Feb 2011, 01:15:36
Ive found that doing a bunch of cocaine seems to get rid of these so called "plaque balls"
guest commented on 13 Feb 2011, 11:45:37
I am a dental hygienist and have the same problem with my tonsils. I notice that these tonsilloliths occur more when I am drficient in my water etc, consumption (eight 8oz. of liquid daily). I would also recommend getting a tongue scrapper. Look at your tongue especially WAY back near the tonsils. Your tongue will most likely have quite a bacterial buildup present. Scrap your tongue each time you brush your teeth. A metal scrapper by "Dr.Tung" or a thin metal spoon work very well. Good luck :)
guest commented on 21 Feb 2011, 04:21:48
I also have this problem and im a smoker can this cause any more problems with the chenicles going on the plaque
guest commented on 03 Mar 2011, 04:39:15
i HATE them -__-
guest commented on 19 Mar 2011, 16:51:26
mines come ocasionally nd dey dne effect me dat bad tho
guest commented on 01 Apr 2011, 08:53:07
OMG I just used the round end of a sppon I have; it is cillinder in shape; anyway I put it in listerine and then opened wide and said AGGHHH and I saw a whiteish/orange balls so I pushed to the right of it and like 20 of them started popping out! I just spit and kept making the sound and pushing... for the first time in I don't know how long my mouth has no strange aftertaste! Welcome back.
guest commented on 02 Apr 2011, 11:54:59
I have this tweezer with a light on the end and I just use my finger and it works great also!!!
guest commented on 09 Apr 2011, 17:07:34
ooh my goodness. it's nice to know I am not the only person who is having this problem. It drove me crazy not knowing what was wrong with me. But these tonsil stones are a pain in the butt. I mean no matter what you do they end up coming back. I am going to use the oral brush (tonge scrapper) to see if this will help. Then, I am going to rinse and flush my throat as much as possible to remove bacteria that's building up in the crypts of my tonsils. I am going to make an appt. with an ear, nose, and throat doctor to discuss other treaments. Now, that I know what's wrong, now I can try to do something about it.
guest commented on 23 Apr 2011, 22:38:53
I practice great oral care. My mouth was really dry and i notice my breath started to smell, unusual for me. I opened my mouth wide and saw the yellowish white things that looked like small worms or maggots. I almost fainted. I put my finger in the back of my throat and with a little pressure pushed them out. They were plaque balls and smelled awful. There were plenty one one side. I got them all out, immediately brushed and gargled. I couldnt find anything on webmd to explain this. What i found scared the hell out of me indicating sign if hiv. I was wondering should I have saved a sample for my doctor. Worrying and frantic I decided to google and found this cite. What a relief. If all i hve to look forward to is occassional flareup, that a hell of a lot better than possible HIV. Thanks you all. Relieved - Milwaukee, WI
guest commented on 09 May 2011, 19:24:24
Oral Breeze Quick Breeze: Awesome oral irrigator... Blast the tonsils area, flush out behind your tonsil skin flaps while holding a flashlight & sticking your tongue out. I flush out TINY stones weekly smaller than a pin head... They are always forming. The key is to keep your mouth/tongue clean always, use peroxide to gargle, baking soda on your toothbrush & scrub tongue, and you MUST flush the tonsils with an oral
irrigator at least twice a week to remove trapped food debris & bacteria. Avoid dairy & eating right before bed. Also brush your teeth before bed helps too. I had lots of stones, now... My mouth/breath is much much better and my tongue stays pink, not white. Also chewing sugar free gum keeps your mouth moist throughout the day and keeps your breath fresh. Using Smart Mouth Mouthwash is a huge help.
guest commented on 18 Jul 2011, 08:25:16
I have sufferd from this for years, i became a vegetarian and those things never came back i think is the meat the makes them worse, used to use my tooth brush to get them out.
guest commented on 05 Aug 2011, 06:58:24
BRUSH YOUR ENTIRE TONGUE, Front to the very BACK BACK!!!( like past your taste buds) Gargle w/ scope afterward. This will not totally eliminate your stones but it will slow down the formation of them seriously. the next ones youll dig out will be extremely small
guest commented on 27 Sep 2011, 09:28:07
I totally agree with the person who said, she uses blackhead remover to remove the plaque balls from behind the tonsil skin flaps. Black head remover is found in the women beauty care aisle in any store works the best. It is made of steel, which makes it hygenic, it is smooth and it is shaped in a way to be able to press and hold the plaque ball out of the tonsil skin flaps or crypts. Try it, it is the best, easy and hygenic way to get rid of plaque balls.
guest commented on 01 Oct 2011, 09:44:17
Omg! I knew I had these and suspected they were responsible for my chronic bad breath but after reading this board decided to do a little exploration of my tonsils. I can't believe how much was in there! Sorry about being gross, but they were huge and many. I ended up vomiting from the horror that came out of my mouth. But the good part is, my breath feels fresher than I ever remember. I will add tonsil maintenance to my oral regimen from now on.
guest commented on 18 Oct 2011, 17:31:33
I've been having this problem for a few years now, yes they are very annoying and I wish they would just go away. I've tried everything until last-night when I seen some in the back of my throat and pushed them out with just my finger, lol guess my fingers are long enough to reach. I just don't want them to come back but I know they will. So I guess I have to get my tonsils removed????
guest commented on 19 Nov 2011, 04:05:01
Well I do not smokre, I do not drink alcohol, I am fit and I am a macrobiotic (no dairy products, no sugars...) and I still get these and they drive me nuts :( Thinking about my tonsils removed but finding the time to do it is a problem as I am very busy at work :(
guest commented on 04 Feb 2012, 17:36:59
cher i thought that me and my misses were the only ones that get this problem (plaque balls) i craked up when i opened up this page off google coz it made me think yes we are not the only ones..cut a long story short i know personally myself i get them from eating my misses bumhole and pussy out every day and she gets them from sucking my fat helmit we are a clean couple ...brush our teeth everyday floss our teeth. i like to thank everyone thats commented on all the tips that we are going to attempt and use i hope they work because im never going to stop eating my misses bumhole and pussy out for life. im maori and my misses is chinese. kiora tena koutou katou
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Jamie, Oklahoma commented on 13 Feb 2012, 01:25:47
mine come up from what feels like the bottom of my throat. YUK! Please someone please tell me how to get these out without surgery or sticking objects down my throat (gag reflex)
guest commented on 16 Feb 2012, 05:32:28
finally got around to googling these little annoyances, for years I've just called them "throat eggs". I feel educated now.
guest commented on 25 Feb 2012, 10:00:13
What do you guys recommend for someone who has a really bad gag reflex? Each time I go in there even before I touch anything I start gagging like crazy.
LD commented on 29 Feb 2012, 23:16:29
I have tonsil stones that come and go and like HK above said, I usually know when they're back because when I swallow to clear my throat of post nasal drip I breathe out with my nose at the same time and I smell foul odor from my throat. I started getting tonsil stones more frequently as I became older and today for the first time, I tried gargling with hydrogen peroxide and water mixture (equal parts). I swished it around my mouth then put my head back and gargled my throat by exhaling (do not swallow). when I spit the solution out, I was so surprised to find that the tonsil stone had come out! I think I will be using this method to remove tonsil stones from now on. So easy and effective!
Disgusted chic commented on 18 Mar 2012, 07:01:31
Just looking for a real solution to the problem. The dentist told me there's nothing he can do about it because I have several pockets in the back of my mouth. This is awful, can I have a conversation without feeling like my breath stinks... I have tried it all and its just temporary fixes. I need a complete solution to the problem..Help!
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guest commented on 20 Apr 2012, 08:50:41
To get rid of these plaque balls, i found that gargling salt and water helps. It gets them right out
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I have suffered from these nasty critters [tonsil stones] for years. I just accepted that I would always have them. However, since using the tonsil stone remedy I learned about on tonsilstones.net, I have not experienced even one tonsil stone.
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