Tonsils, Adenoids, and Oral Health

Tonsils and adenoids play an important role in maintaining good oral health. The tonsils are found in the back of the throat. The adenoids are found in the back of nose above the soft palate. Both the tonsils and adenoids remove bacteria from the mouth when you breathe in. Because they fight infections, the tonsils and adenoids can become infected and enlarged. Although your Upper East Side Kid’s Dentist doesn’t treat tonsillitis, swollen tonsils can affect your child’s dental work.

Swollen Tonsils and Adenoids

When tonsils become inflamed, it’s called tonsillitis. Typically, this infection is viral in nature, but it can also be bacterial. Symptoms include fever, sore throat, swollen nodes in the neck and redness and swelling of the tonsils. When the tonsils cause chronic throat infections or block breathing ability while sleeping, a tonsillectomy might be recommended.

Adenoids often become inflamed when they are fighting off an infection. If your child has enlarged adenoids, they should be seen by their doctor. Enlarged adenoids make it difficult to breathe through the nose. Adenoids start to shrink when a child is school-age. Typically, by the time a person is a teenager, adenoids disappear.

Dental Care

Children who have chronic tonsillitis should be routinely checked by your New York dentist. It could mean that your child has a small airway, which puts them at risk for crooked teeth. Discuss your concerns with Dr. Shiva Basir at your child’s regular dental appointment to ensure healthy teeth and gums.

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