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. As such, they are part of your immune 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. (Adenoids are made up of similar tissue but are located behind the nasal cavity.)
Tonsils have many areas where dead cells, mucus, 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:
Swelling of tonsils
Some people (often children) have persistent tonsil infections that eventually require surgical removal of the tonsils. If your tonsils begin to hurt, it’s vital to discuss treatment with your dentist or doctor.
Young children may have difficulty describing where the pain is coming from. If your son or daughter has frequent sore throats, have your pediatrician check their tonsils.
Regular visits with a pediatrician are crucial for your child. Regular dental check-ups are just as important. If your young child has never seen a dentist, or if you are new to the area and don’t have a children’s dentist, call us at 813-863-9058 to schedule an appointment.
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