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Woman With Bad Breath Visits Doctor, Discovers Little-Known Cause Behind Tonsils (Video)

| by Sean Kelly

For Renee Beckler, having bad breath was more than just a rare consequence of eating strong-smelling food. For years, Beckler battled halitosis and tried method after method of curing it. That is, until her doctor discovered the root of the problem to be a little-known condition called tonsil stones.

Tonsil stones are are created when food and debris calcify in pockets of the tonsils, causing a foul, sulfurous odor. Also known as tonsilloliths, tonsil stones are reportedly fairly common.

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“If you have tonsil stones and they bother you, some people recommend gargling with salt water or other special mouth washes, flushing them out with a water pick or popping them out with something soft like your finger or a cotton swab” a YouTube video about tonsil stones (below)  explained. “And if the problem gets really severe, your doctor might recommend a tonsillectomy or a procedure to smooth out the tonsil.”

In many cases, according to reports, tonsil stones don’t return once they’re removed. Becker said a procedure known as laser ablation rid her of the foul-smelling stones and ultimately proved successful.

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“I had tried everything, so for me, it was the only option,” she said. “And it has proven very effective.”

Learn more about tonsil stones in the video below.

Sources: LiftBump, WRAL

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