Do you have chronic bad breath? Is your throat sore even when you don’t have a cold or any other type of infection? Does it feel like you have something caught in the back of your throat that you just can’t quite cough up? If so, then you might be a victim of tonsil stones. Now that you know the issue — how does one set forth to remove tonsil stones? It is, after all, quite possible that you have never heard of them.
Essentially, tonsil stones are stones of calcium, food particles, dead cells and other debris that form in the crypts or crevices of your tonsils. Similar to tartar on your teeth, tonsil stones can harden and become more and more difficult to remove as they mature. They can form on those with larger tonsils or those who produce an excess of oral bacteria.
So now you know what they are and where they come from. However, what you really want to know if how do you remove tonsil stones?
This can be a little more difficult. There are various treatments to remove tonsil stones, all of which require some digging and scraping.
First, you can try scraping the tonsil stones out yourself. You can use a toothbrush, a Q-tip, your figure, your tongue or a bobby pin. If you don’t have troubles with your gag reflex and you don’t mind sticking foreign objects down your throat, this may be your best method.
However, there is another option. You can simply try to flex your throat which can pop the tonsil stones out of place. This is an easier and effective way to remove tonsil stones without making yourself sick.
A final method to remove tonsil stones is with surgery. Removing your tonsils, or a tonsillectomy, is one method. Laser tonsillectomy is another. Laser tonsillectomy uses a carbon dioxide laser to vaporize the tonsil stones and smooth out the tonsil crevices. This prevents build up from happening in the future. Consult your doctor when considering either of these surgeries as there are risks and costs involved.
Finally, the number one strategy to avoid having to remove tonsil stones is ultimately prevention. The best way to go about preventing tonsil stones is by maintaining an excellent oral health routine. This includes daily brushing, flossing, and rinsing with non-alcoholic and sugar-free mouthwash. You should also avoid eating thirty minutes before bedtime and gargle with salt water which can help reduce the build up of debris.