Persistent bad breath can risk your daily life. You cannot talk to your friend and your reputation in workplace may hamper a lot. This can happen due to many reasons. Improper brushing, too little dental flossing and some medical conditions like tonsil stones are the common causes of bad breath; scientifically called halitosis. To understand the relation between tonsil stones and bad breath, we need to know how tonsil stones crop up in our body.
Tonsils are two pieces of organs that are situated at both the sides of our throat. They act as a first line defender of invading organisms that comes from air and food. Tonsils confine the organisms inside its tissue and release some cells called lymphocytes. These lymphocytes in turn kill the invading bacteria or virus. With each infection, inflammation of the tonsil (tonsillitis) occurs and the patient suffers from pain in the throat and difficulty in deglutition. There may be malaise and fever also.
After recurrent infections, dead tonsillar tissues and dead organisms accumulate together with the help of some chemical substances like calcium and magnesium. They form a solid mass that is entangled in the tonsillar crypts to form the tonsil stones.
Tonsil stone or tonsillolith is a known cause for bad breath. Putrefaction occurs in the mass comprising of the dead cells and organisms with the help of sulfur producing bacteria. With more and more dead cells are available through each episode of tonsillitis, the degree of bad breath increases continuously. Hydrogen sulfide and methyl mercaptan are produced during the putrefaction process. These are the gases that reason bad breath because of their physical nature. Methyl mercaptan is specifically to be blamed as this gas smells as rotten cabbage. Hydrogen sulfide also smells as rotten eggs. In combination, they produce the fecal odor in a patient having halitosis.
The condition worsens if the person having tonsil stone often forgets to brush his teeth regularly. Most of the toothpastes contain fluoride which can neutralize organisms. Brushing your teeth twice a day after food will hinder the growth of bacteria.
Tonsil stones and bad breath go hand in hand. You have to do something to get rid of from the tonsil stones permanently. And, if this comes with a natural way that does not involve any kind of operation; we must follow that process.