Picture of Tonsil Stones
Tonsil stones (also called tonsilloliths) form when bacteria and mucus get trapped and calcify in your tonsils' nooks and crannies, leaving a hard piece of matter and a bad taste in your throat. Although those bad smelling lumps can be uncomfortable, they usually are harmless.
Reviewed by Laura J. Martin, MD on August 03, 2010
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Text: "Tonsil Stones: Treatment and Prevention", WebMD Medical Reference