Treatment and Prevention of Tonsil Stones

Treatment of tonsil stone depends on the size of the stone (tonsilolith) as well as potential of trouble (discomfort or how much harm the stone can do to the patient) it may create for the patient. Following treatment options are available for tonsilolith:

  • No treatment: this is obviously an option available for patient, because many patients actually do not need immediate treatment as the stone does not cause any discomfort to the patient and also the risk of harm is minimal, if any. This is because of the small size of the stone which usually do not cause any symptom and diagnosed on routine investigations such as CT scan or MRI for some other cause.
  • Surgery: removal of tonsil stone by surgical method is another option of treatment of tonsilolith. This is usually done for larger stones and which causes symptoms that are troublesome. Most of the time surgeon may remove large and symptomatic tonsil stone by using a local anesthetic agent and there is no need of general anesthesia.
  • Removal at home: many patients with tonsil stone can successfully remove tonsil stones at home using swabs or picks to dislodge the stone from its site and remove them.

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Posted by admin - May 2, 2015 at 00:10

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What are the Symptoms of Periapical Tooth Abscess

A tooth abscess is a pocket filled with pus in any part of tooth. Pus is present due to bacterial infection. When bacteria infect any part of the body (including tooth), body sends white blood cells to fight the invading infection (in this case bacteria) and during fight with bacteria many white blood cells die while fighting, which are accumulated in the form of pus.

Abscess can occur in any part of tooth, however some areas of tooth are more prone to develop abscess, such as periapical area (periapical tooth abscess), and periodontal area (periodontal tooth abscess). Most commonly, periapical abscess occurs due to untreated dental cavity, it can also occur due to prior dental work or due to injury.

Your dentists may treat periapical tooth abscess by draining the pus and eliminating infection with appropriate antibiotic and by root canal treatment (RCT). RCT done at right time can save a tooth, however, sometimes tooth may have to be extracted, if there is no hope of saving the tooth from periapical abscess, especially when it is too late. Do not ignore periapical tooth abscess and live it untreated, because it may lead to life threatening complication. Read more…

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Posted by admin - April 30, 2015 at 00:53

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Steering Your Teen Away from Drugs and Alcohol

Teens face many pressures in their lives, and as a parent you want to protect them as best you can. You do your best to make sure they’re healthy, well-rounded, and making positive choices. Their peers and friends can be a significant influence in their lives. Teenagers want to feel like they fit in and are part of the crowd. When they feel alienated or bullied, even more trouble can arise. However, teens in both groups are still faced with mounting pressure and difficult decisions because they’re under scrutiny from their peers.

Teenagers often lead busy lives filled with schoolwork, extracurriculars, sports, practice, work, and more. It can be challenging to keep everything balanced and manage their stress. They want to have fun but are also preparing to get into college. As a parent, you can help your teen by making sure they are not over committing themselves. They may need to prioritize so that they are not spreading themselves too thin and causing burnout. Encourage them to focus on those activities that are most important and meaningful to them.

One area of concern for many parents is substance misuse and keeping their children from using drugs or alcohol. With all of the pressures that they face, along with trying to form their own identity and sense of self, this is not a surprising concern. Teens see drugs and alcohol on television and may know friends who have experimented. They may be tempted to try too, especially if those around them are.

Trying to scare teens or telling them just to say no is rarely effective. This can lead to misunderstandings about substance use or give them false impressions. Scare tactics can come off as going overboard and seeming unrealistic. Many teenagers have the misperception that they are invincible and nothing bad will happen to them. So what can you do to help them stay safer? Read more…

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Posted by admin - April 29, 2015 at 00:11

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What are the Symptoms of Tonsil Stones?

Stones can occur in tonsils, although less common that other locations where stones can occur, such as urinary system (in kidneys, bladder etc.) and gall bladder. Symptoms of tonsil stones (or tonsiloliths) vary and if stones are small they may not produce any symptom at all and diagnosis made by chance, while examining tonsils for some other purpose. Sometimes, even large tonsil stones do not produce any symptom and are discovered/diagnosed while doing routine investigations such as X-ray or CT scan. Some tonsil stones however may produce multiple symptoms, which are:ID-100299417

  • Halitosis or bad breath: highly foul smelling breath is an important symptom of tonsil stone. This bad breath or halitosis is due to presence of stone which lead to infection and growth of bacteria that produce foul smelling gas/chemical. Chronic tonsillitis leads in growth of bacteria that produce sulfur containing chemical. In fact many times it is seen by medical practitioners that when the cause of bad breath cannot be easily diagnosed, it is due to tonsil stone.
  • Swelling of tonsils: this is another symptom of tonsilolith or tonsil stone, which occurs due to presence of stone within the tonsils and lead to swelling or enlargement of the organ. Swelling is also result of inflammation, the stone can cause.

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Posted by admin - April 27, 2015 at 13:45

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Complications and Management of Bruxism

Complications of bruxism:

In most of the cases, bruxism usually do not lead to serious complications. However, in case of severe bruxism, complications may arise, they are:ID-10025387

  • Damage may occur to the patients teeth, crown or jaw
  • Facial pain may occur as complication of bruxism
  • Tension type headache may occur
  • Complications or disorders may occur at temporomendibular joints (TMJ), which is the joint of jaw bone with skull and located just in front of ears.

Treatment of bruxism:

Most cases of bruxism are mild and usually do not need any treatment. Bruxism is more common among kids and in most cases, the condition disappear after teenage years. Hence, most of the cases do not need any management. However, if bruxism is severe, it may be treated by dental approach, psychotherapy or by medications. There are also various home remedies available for bruxism. Consult your doctor before you decide what type of management may be best for you. Read more…

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Posted by admin - April 24, 2015 at 13:02

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What are the Causes of Tonsil Stones?

If you think stones can be formed in kidneys, urinary bladder, ureters, gall bladder or in salivary system only, you are mistaken. Stones can form in other body parts too such as tonsils, where hard and painful stones can form. So, stones can be formed in various anatomical parts of the body, including tonsils. Stones in tonsils are known in medical term as tonsiloliths. Tonsil stones may cause pain and tenderness, bad breath, pain during swallowing etc. Incidence of tonsil stone is not very common.
What are tonsils?

Tonsils are gland like structures, situated at the back of the throat one on either side. Tonsils contain lymphocytes, which are the cells that fight against infection in body and help in prevention of infection. Tonsils may play a role in body’s immune system. However, most medical experts and medical literature claim that tonsils do not and cannot perform their job well and have little if any role in fighting infection and preventing infection. Moreover tonsils are considered as burden by many health experts as they cannot perform their job satisfactorily and also give rise to various medical conditions such as tonsillitis (inflammation/infection of tonsils) and tonsil stones (tonsilolith). If anybody get his/her tonsils removed, there is no evidence that it is harmful or beneficial for the person, because it neither protect from infection, nor its absence lead to increased risk of infection. Read more…

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