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16. Picture of Tonsil Stones

Picture of Tonsil Stones
Greg Ceo / Stone+/ Getty Images, (inset: Dr P. Marazzi /Photo Researchers, Inc.)

Tonsil stones, or tonsilloliths, are hard pieces of debris comprised of mucus and bacteria that get trapped in tonsil crypts. They can contribute to bad breath and may cause pain or discomfort. Although they may cause symptoms, tonsil stones are not dangerous.

Image Source: Greg Ceo / Stone+ / Getty Images, (inset: Dr P. Marazzi / Photo Researchers, Inc.

Text Reference: Journal of Clinical & Diagnostic Research, vol. 7, 2013: "Tonsillolith: A Panoramic Radiograph Presentation"

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