Tonsil Stones, The Grossest Thing In Your Mouth, Are Totally Normal

Ever have a little white lump embedded in your tonsil? A good chunk (sorry) of us probably have one right now, although if it's very small you may not feel it. These lumps are totally normal, and this video explains exactly what they are.

Here's what happens. The folds of your tonsils can trap dead cells, mucus and even little bits of food. These harden into little white lumps, called tonsil stones or tonsilloliths. You're more likely to get them if you have larger tonsils, or if you've recently suffered from tonsillitis.

Bacteria can grow on the tonsil stones, giving you bad breath. It's fine to try to take them out with your finger, or gargling with salt water might help. Check out the full video for more!

What Are Tonsil Stones? [Gross Science]


    i used to scrape them out with a tooth brush. meh. theyre definitely horrible smelling though.

      How? No gag reflex? o.0

        gag refelx a bit. a lot when i hit the back of my throat by accident, and only a small, bearable amount when scraping my tonsils.

    I used to get these pretty frequently when I was younger. Then I cut MSG out of my diet. Look, I get that msg isn't 'harmful', but it definitely caused my tonsil stones. Haven't had a single one since.

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