Have you ever noticed little white nuggets in your tonsils that make you feel like something is stuck in your throat? Well, these nuggets are called tonsil stones or tonsilloliths and are calcifications in our tonsils.
What Is the Reason for Tonsil Stones?
The tonsil stones are depositions of bacteria, mucus, dead skin cells and leftover food particles in the tonsil crypts, but they also form on the throat and on the roof of the mouth. The tonsil stones are whitish or yellowish and they have soft and squishy texture. These stones have disgusting smell which leads to bad breath, throat irritation and some people have difficulties to swallow the food and even have breathing problems.
Who Is Prone to Tonsil Stones?
People who are suffering from chronic inflammation of the tonsils, but also people who have big tonsils are more prone to formation of tonsil stones. Moreover, people who don’t maintain good oral hygiene are at substantially higher risk to have this issue.
The conventional treatment for removing the tonsil stones is a surgical removal of the tonsils called tonsillectomy. At this point it is important to mention that this surgery is not a guarantee that the tonsil stones won’t reoccur. Medical experts explain that if you decide to remove the tonsils, you actually will remove a part of your body that is in charge for prevention of bacteria and viruses to enter into your organism.
Other Ways to Remove Tonsil Stones
Luckily, there are other methods for removing the tonsil stones that are less invasive and you can perform them in your home.
For this procedure you will need a Q-tip that is big enough so that you can reach the back of your throat and a mirror. This is the easiest way to remove the tonsil stones. All you should do is gently to push the visible area of the tonsils by using the Q-tip until the deposits are dislodged. You should apply enough pressure and the stones will pop out from behind the tonsil pockets.
- Dental irrigation syringes
You can buy a dental irrigation syringe in any pharmacy. So, in order to flush the stones out from the tonsils, you should point the curved tip of the syringe directly at the pockets in your tonsils. At this point it is important to mention that unlike the Q-tips, by using a syringe you can remove even the stones that are deeper in your tonsils and often are not visible. During this procedure you should keep your head down so that the stones fall out of the mouth. Fill the syringe with a mixture of equal parts of 3% hydrogen peroxide and warm water. The hydrogen peroxide will create an environment where bacteria cannot thrive and that will make the removal of the stones much easier.
Oral irrigator is a water flosser with a motor, water reservoir, and a specialized water flosser nozzle and this device uses a stream of pulsating water. In order to remove the tonsil stoned from your tonsils you should position the nozzle directly at the tonsil crevices and then blast them out. You should be careful and you should not be over-aggressive as on that way you may hurt the tonsils. It is highly advisable to set the irrigator on the lowest setting.
Oral probiotics are strains of good bacteria that are incredibly powerful and suffocate the bad bacteria in the mouth that causes formation of tonsil stones. According to medical experts, the most effective probiotic against tonsil stones is S. salivarius K12. And here is the procedure: buy a probiotic capsule, open it and then mix the content with 4 oz. of warm water. Stir well until the capsule content is completely dissolved in the water. Next step is to swish the solution in the mouth, and try to swish as close to the tonsil stones area as you can. It is advisable to tilt your head back a bit before spitting the solution out.
In addition to that, chewing gums and toothpastes will neutralize the bad breath and also are helpful in the removal of tonsil stones.