Although quite common, tonsil stones are rarely talked about, which is a shame, considering how uncomfortable and stubborn they can be.
Tonsil stones are hardened and calcified debris, usually caused by bacteria from the food that gets trapped in the cervices of the tonsils. Normally, the tonsils can get rid of this debris themselves, but when for whatever reason their function gets weakened, tonsil stones are formed.
Some of the common causes include:
- Post-nasal drip;
- Consuming lots of dairy products;
- Smoking and drinking;
- Having a cold or flu;
- Poor oral hygiene.
How to Prevent Tonsil Stones
Prevention of tonsil stones is crucial if you don’t want these uncomfortable little pests to keep coming back.
- Have great oral hygiene: regularly brush your teeth (preferably after each main meal) so you decrease bacteria and food debris leading to tonsil stones. Absolutely do include flossing and alcohol-free mouth fresheners.
- Have a good diet: don’t smoke or drink excessive amounts of alcohol. Furthermore, don’t eat excessive amounts of dairy but do include lots of healthy, organic yogurt into your diet.
- Consume ACV: drinking diluted ACV is not only good for your general wellbeing but can also break down tonsil stones.
- Drink lemon water: lemon water or lemonade is a great source of vitamin C that if consumed at least once a day can significantly improve the condition.
How to Remove Tonsil Stones
If prevention fails, don’t worry, there are safe and effective removal options. Some of the most popular methods include:
- Oral irrigators: some warm water and salt can do wonders for your tonsils. Simply place the nozzle at your tonsil cervices and gently flush out the stones.
- Syringe irrigation: a really simple method for removing tonsil stones includes a simple syringe and water. Just take a syringe, fill it with warm water and place it at your tonsil cervices to flush the stones out.
- Garlic gargles: garlic is a natural antibiotic that can control the growth of bacteria efficiently. Smash a clove or two of garlic, add some warm water and start gargling. Do this a few times a day.
- Q-tips: if you have small and soft tonsil stones, a simple q-tip can do the trick. Simply stand in front of a mirror and push the stones out with a q-tip. Be careful – you need to apply enough pressure until they’re dislodged but you also need to be gentle so you don’t hurt the tonsil tissue.