Ask a Dentist

Q: What are the white things on my tonsils? I don’t feel sick.

Pile of three white stones

A: If you see white objects on your tonsils, you may have tonsil stones (tonsiliths). Tonsil stones are calcium deposits that build up in the small cracks and spaces on your tonsils. They generally accumulate from food particles, mucus and bacteria. These deposits can appear as white or yellowish spots. 

Additional symptoms of tonsil stones may include:

  • Bad breath
  • Sore throat
  • Earaches
  • Metallic taste
  • Increased coughing

Teenagers are more likely to get tonsil stones than adults or young children, with most tonsil stones not causing any other symptoms or discomfort. Because of this, treatment is generally not needed and the stones come loose themselves. For larger tonsil stones, gargling with warm, salty water may help to alleviate any discomfort and dislodge some of the stones. If you’re still feeling discomfort, we recommend visiting your dentist to see what treatment options are available. 

If you’re having problems with tonsil stones, book an appointment at either of our clinics, conveniently located in St. Vital Centre and Garden City Shopping Centre in Winnipeg and are always accepting new patients.