Today in the Mt. Vernon Center For Dentistry dental blog, we’ll veer from family dentistry 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, mucus, 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 critical to discuss treatment with your Alexandria dentist or doctor.