Today in the Pediatric Dental Center dental blog, we are going to focus on the two lumps of soft tissue in the back of the throat—the tonsils. Your tonsils sit at the base of the tongue, one on each side. They are small masses of lymphoid tissue, which means that they are a part of your immune system.
Tonsils are made of infection-fighting tissue known as lymphocytes, but, in many cases, tonsils aren’t really that effective 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 that your tonsils in Burlington might be infected:
- Bad breath
- Sore throat
- Difficulty swallowing
- Ear pain
- Swelling of tonsils
Some people, often children, have persistent tonsil infections that eventually require surgical removal of their tonsils in Burlington. 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 youngster has frequent sore throats, have your pediatrician check their tonsils in Burlington. Regular visits with a pediatrician are essential for your child and regular dental check-ups with a pediatric dentist are just as vital. 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 859-534-5640 to schedule an appointment. We look forward to meeting you and your child.