Has it happened to you to notice some little white nuggets in your tonsils and to feel as if something is stuck in your throat? Those white nuggets you see are tonsil stones. Numerous people struggle with this issue and there is also a great number of them who are not even aware that they have this issue.
What Is the Reason for Tonsil Stones?
The tonsil stones are the result of bacteria, mucus, dead skin cells and leftover food particles which have started to deposit in the tonsil crypts. Normally, they are whitish or yellowish, and have soft and squishy texture. The tonsil stones make your breath smell badly, cause throat irritation, and difficulty while swallowing food. Sometimes, they even lead to breathing problems.
Who Is Prone to Tonsil Stones?
People with increased risk of tonsil stones are those you suffer from chronic tonsil inflammation, those who have too big tonsils, or those who do not practice good oral hygiene. This health issue is conventionally treated by the process called tonsillectomy, or by removing the tonsils surgically. Nevertheless, even these methods do not guarantee that the tonsil stones won’t reoccur. In addition, the removal of the tonsils means that you have removed a part of your immunity, the one necessary for preventing bacteria and viruses to enter the body.
Other Ways to Remove Tonsil Stones
Not only can tonsil stones be removed surgically, but they also can be removed using some less invasive methods that one can perform in the comfort of their own home. Here are some of them:
You should use a Q-tip that is big enough to reach the back of your throat. With this, you can remove the tonsil stones easily. Using the Q-tip, push the visible are of the tonsil gently until it is dislodged. Use a mirror while doing this. By applying enough pressure, you will cause the stones to pop out from behind the tonsil pockets.
Dental irrigation syringes
You can flush the stones out from your tonsils by pointing the curved tip of the syringe directly at the pockets in the tonsils affected with the stones. These syringes differ from the Q-tips in the following: the syringes can help you remove the stones that are deeper in the tonsils and that are not visible. Note: keep your head down so that the stones fall out of your mouth. The syringe contains a mixture made of equal parts of 3% hydrogen peroxide and warm water. Hydrogen peroxide is used because it will alleviate the removal of the stones by creating an environment where bacteria cannot thrive.
This method includes a water flosser with a motor, a specialized water flosser nozzle, and water reservoir. This method of flossing uses water instead of string. If you want to remove your tonsil stones, just put the nozzle directly at the tonsil crevices and blast them out. Beware not to be too aggressive and hurt your tonsils. To this end, make sure that the irrigator is set on the lowest.
The oral probiotics are based on good bacteria which have power to suffocate the bad bacteria in the mouth that cause the tonsil stones in the first place. The most efficient probiotic when it comes to fighting tonsil stones is S. salicarius K12. Take the probiotic capsule and open it. Take the content from inside the capsule and mix it with 4 oz. of warm water, stirring until the capsule content is completely dissolved in the water.
Use this solution for washing your mouth, swishing it in it close to the tonsil stones area. For achieving this, tilt your head back a little before you spit out the solution. If you want to remove the tonsil stones, you can also use chewing gums and toothpastes, as they are also very beneficial when it comes to removing tonsil stones.