Lyle MacLeod firstname.lastname@example.org who started a resource to help people remove, prevent and treat a tonsil stone infection, shared with Healthy Lombard that tonsil stones, if you don’t know, are little balls of calcified old food particles, debris and dead cells that sit within the crypts of your tonsils. They are usually the result of poor oral hygiene and often cause symptoms such as bad breath, swelling of the throat and trouble swallowing.
This may not sound like much but tonsil stones can actually put a big damper on someone’s everyday. They can even force people away from social situations because of the fear that those around them will comment on their resultant bad breath.
It can be an extremely demoralising infection and is definitely one you want to learn how to treat properly. Which is exactly what I’m going to show you in this article.
Just like kidney stones, tonsil stones can be removed. This is usually the first protocol for those effected and shouldn’t be too difficult depending on how severe your situation is (if they’re big enough, a doctor may need to remove them for you).
There are many different ways to take them out but I’ve outlined a few that I think are the most effective.
You have probably seen these being used in dentists to help clean out gums and teeth. Because of their long, narrow neck and bent tip, they’re very good at reaching into small gaps. Which also makes them great at cleaning out your tonsils of stones.
If you are sensitive to a gag reflex then this tool will be perfect for you. With it you don’t need to reach as far into your throat as you would with a q-tip, for example. This is the main reason why they’re one of the most useful tools you can get.
Also, if you can’t see the stones in the mirror but you can still feel them, then this syringe will come in handy. Because of its bent tip it can reach under and behind your tonsils which is likely where the stone is hiding. Making removal much easier.
If you don’t know, water flossers are little machines that produce a stream of pressurised water. Even though they have been designed to clean out your teeth and gums, they are also great at removing tonsil stones.
Just aim them at the bottom of the stones and they should jiggle out of place.
You need to be careful though. Sometimes the pressure of the water can be too strong for most to handle. If you have sensitive gums then you could end up hurting yourself or causing damage to your tonsils.
Just make sure you test out its strength before use and you should be fine.
Lighted Medical Pik
These are very similar to a q-tip but instead of cotton, they have a light at the end. This makes it much easier to see what you’re doing so you’re not prodding around aimlessly.
If you don’t like the thought of squirting water against your tonsils, or the feeling of a q-tip against your gums, then I think is the best option for you.
One of biggest nuisances of a tonsil stone infection is the symptoms that it causes. So it only makes sense that providing yourself with some relief from these is a part of your treatment.
Below I’ve outlined a couple of the remedies which I think are most helpful.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Not only does ACV have antibacterial properties and many health benefits, it also has anti-inflammatory properties. So it’ll be able to help you with symptoms such as swollen tonsils, ear ache and bad breath.
There are a couple of ways to consume it but I recommend you gargle it with some water for the best results. Here’s what you do:
- Add about 1 tablespoon of ACV to 1 glass of clean water
- Take a small sip, tilt your head back and begin swishing it around your mouth.
- After 15 seconds, spit it out and repeat with the rest of the glass.
- Clean your mouth out with clean water afterwards.
This way the ACV can help fight off bacteria around your gums and teeth as well as your tonsils.
Herbs have been used for hundreds of years to treat different oral infections and symptoms. Even though all have different properties (mainly antibacterial and anti-inflammatory like ACV), many can help you with your tonsil stones.
Below I’ve listed a few that I think are most effective:
- Garlic (yes it is a herb)
There are few ways to consume these but for the most part, I find that gargling them with clean water is the simplest and easiest (except chamomile – I would get the tea). Just follow the steps I shown you above with ACV.
I hope that after reading this article you learned something new and that it makes your experience with tonsil stones a little less stressful!
If you want to learn more about tonsil stones and their prevention, removal and treatment, then check out this site.