Why Do Tonsil Stones Smell So Bad?

If you’ve got tonsil stones, you’ve got bad breath. But most people afflicted with the stones don’t realize why their breath smells so badly. This hangout/video looks at the role played by anaerobic bacteria in producing the “death odor” associated with tonsil stones. It’s a power point with me reading the key points. Maybe a little long, but I think it’s an informative look at tonsil stones and bad breath.

Here’s the YouTube recording at www.youtube.com/watch?v=x4DZCbqWgJc

Interesting abstract over at the NIH about a giant tonsil stone.

Hanging Out with Tonsil Stones

Tonsils stones stink and everyone who has them is usually pretty desperate for a solution. The only sure way to get rid of them is to have a tonsillectomy, but that can be a pretty uncomfortable procedure, especially for adults. The number of tonsillectomies performed in the United States is down from several million a year back when I was a kid to maybe 500,000 a year today. So, more people have their tonsils, and this means more people have tonsil stones. Check out the live hangout with me or watch the YouTube recording for more info on causes and treatment.

The National Institutes of Health are also a great source of information on tonsils and adenoids.