Hi, my name is Dr. Steven Cutbirth. Today in the Steven T. Cutbirth DDS dental blog, we are going to focus on the two lumps of soft tissue in the back of the throat – the tonsils.
Your tonsils sit at the base of the tongue, one on each side. They are gland-like masses that function as part of the lymphatic system. Tonsils are made of infection-fighting tissue known as lymphocytes, but, in many cases, tonsils aren’t really that capable at their job of germ killing and ridding the body of toxins.
Tonsils have many areas where dead cells, mucous, and bacteria can become trapped. If this debris accumulates and becomes concentrated, white formations can occur in the pockets. In rare cases, it hardens, and becomes a tonsil stone or tonsillolith.
Here are some signs of tonsil infection:
Swelling of tonsils
Some people (often children) have persistent tonsil infections that eventually require surgical removal. If your tonsils begin to hurt, it’s important to discuss treatment with your Waco dentist or doctor.
I am enthusiastic about the oral health of my Waco area patients. I also want my patients to have the beautiful smiles that they desire. If you aren’t happy with your smile, I invite you to think about the many cosmetic dentistry procedures available, such as teeth whitening, veneers, invisible braces, dental bonding, and dental implants.
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The following online article was used as source material for this blog:
“Tonsil Stones”, WebMD, http://www.webmd.com/oral-health/guide/tonsil-stones-tonsilloliths-treatment-and-prevention, accessed on September 11, 2013