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Tonsil Questions?

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Hi, my name is dentist Sanjeev Goel. Today in the West Chester Dental Group 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 efficient 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:

Bad breath
Sore throat
Difficulty swallowing
Ear pain
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 West Chester dentist or doctor.

I am passionate about the oral health of my West Chester area patients. I also want my patients to have the stunning smiles that they desire. If you aren’t happy with your smile, I invite you to consider the many cosmetic dentistry procedures available, such as teeth whitening, veneers, invisible braces, dental bonding, and dental implants.

For general, pediatric, or cosmetic dentistry, call 513-942-8181 today to schedule an appointment.

The following online article was used as source material for this blog:
“Tonsil Stones”, WebMD,, accessed on September 11, 2013