Tonsil stones are bits of bacteria and food that have become lodged in the pockets and crevices of the tonsils and become somewhat solidified. Over the course of time, these stones will become larger and more lodged into the pockets that they are stuck in.
Over the course of time, they can begin to decay and smell terrible. Left unchecked, they can lead to a variety of health concerns in addition to the bad breath that they cause.
Often, tonsil stones aren’t even seen, yet they are there, hiding in the back of the throat behind pockets in the tonsils. They begin to smell and often people aren’t really sure why they even have bad breath, chances are, it’s tonsil stones.
Removing Tonsil Stones
Learning a few removal tricks is how to get rid of tonsil stones. If these fail, you’ll need to see your doctor.
Start by gargling with some warm salt water. Be sure to tilt the head back and get as much of the solution into the back of the throat near the tonsils as possible. Gargle for a few moments and spit the solution out into the sink, you may see bits of tonsil stones in the spit.
Continue this for a few more times. Make sure that you are gargling in and around the tonsils as much as possible. This should help to dislodge the stones effectively. You may need to do this several times per day to get rid of all of your tonsil stones.
If they persist, you may wish to consult with your doctor and see if there are other measures that you can try to rid yourself of the tonsil stones.
Advice for Dislodging Tonsil Stones
If you still see tonsil stones, you may wish to try a straw and suck the air from your mouth into the straw, sometimes this can help to dislodge the tonsil stones.
Never touch the straw to the tonsil stones, however, this could damage your throat or cause the stones to break open creating a horrible taste and odor to your mouth. Plus it would release bacteria into the throat that could cause serious infection.
Seeing a Doctor
If you still have tonsil stones, you may wish to consult with your doctor and follow their recommendations to get rid of tonsil stones. The tonsils are part of the lymph system and help to filter out toxins that try to enter the body, in rare instances, doctors will remove the tonsils as well as the adenoids in order to get rid of persistent infections and tonsil stones.
Maintain Good Oral Health
Learning proper oral health practices is a great way to keep tonsil stones at bay. Try to rinse the mouth out after every meal and always make sure to gargle in order to help dislodge any bits of food debris and bacteria that may be hiding in the pockets of the tonsils.
Be sure to floss the teeth (bits of debris between teeth may dislodge and get stuck in the tonsils forming tonsil stones), and visit the dentist on a regular schedule.