tonsilloliths?

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ediekristen
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   Posted 7/2/2008 4:23 PM (GMT -6)   
These are an annoying, kind of gross, thing but I was just thinking about it and wondered if any of you get these as well?
 
I brush my teeth at the least two times a day, floss, rinse, all that jazz and still have these from time to time. I never notice it until one pops out and is in my mouth and I have to spit it out because they taste foul. Just wondering since we get all sorts of weird things because of our UC maybe this might be one too, who knows.


"Tonsilloliths or tonsil stones are calcifications that form in the crypts of the palatal tonsils. These calculi are composed of calcium salts either alone or in combination with other mineral salts, and are usually of small size - though there have been occasional reports of large tonsilloliths or calculi in peritonsillar locations.

Tonsilloliths are difficult to diagnose in the absence of clear manifestations, and often constitute casual findings of routine radiological studies.

These calculi are composed of calcium salts such as hydroxyapatite or calcium carbonate apatite, oxalates and other magnesium salts or containing ammonium radicals, and macroscopically appear white or yellowish in color. The mechanism by which these calculi form is subject to debate, though they appear to result from the accumulation of material retained within the crypts, along with the growth of bacteria and fungi such as Leptothrix buccalis – sometimes in association with persistent chronic purulent tonsillitis. In other words, "Because saliva contains digestive enzymes, trapped food begins to break down. Particularly, the starch or carbohydrate part of the food melts away, leaving firmer, harder remains of food in the tonsils."

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tonsilloliths

 


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   Posted 7/2/2008 4:28 PM (GMT -6)   
I used to get them alot when I was younger and you're right - they are GROSS! But as I got older I stopped producing them and then I had my tonsils removed. I used to get them pre Uc days and I stopped getting them shortly after being diagnosed.
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Sara14
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   Posted 7/2/2008 9:41 PM (GMT -6)   
I used to get these every once in a while. I have my tonsils out now so I don't get them anymore.
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jujub
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   Posted 7/2/2008 10:36 PM (GMT -6)   
The only time I ever had those was once when I had severe strep tonsillitis. I thought they were from the infection. And yes, the smell is unbearable.
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quincy
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   Posted 7/3/2008 3:47 AM (GMT -6)   
I had a really bad case of them when I had recurrent colds and bronchitis shortly after I was diagnosed with asthma in the early '80s...it was a tough go being sick all the time.
I started cleaning out my tonsils periodically and begged my ENT to remove them. NO go on that one to which I'm still ticked about.

There was a huge thread on the topic on the Healthboards....some people actually use a Water Pik to flush them out...never tried that. I use q-tips to squeeze the "gunk" out of my tonsils every morning after brushing....gross, I know...but anything's better than having the those beasties created in there and ultimately ending up in my mouth.

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