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Causes And How to Get Rid of Tonsil Stones Forever

Tonsil stones are groups of calcified material that form in the crypts of the tonsils. Tonsil stones are not readily diagnosed, but they are a fairly common complaint. In some cases, it can cause tremendous pain and discomfort. You may experience difficulty while swallowing and suffer from strep throat. Bad breath is also a telltale sign that you have tonsil stones. These stones contain high amounts of sulfur, causing your breath to become pungent.

What Causes Tonsil Stones?

Your tonsils play a role in fighting infections. They function as traps that prevent virus and bacteria from passing through the throat. Dead cells, food particles and mucus can also get trapped in the crevices of the tonsils. When these materials harden or calcify, tonsil stones are formed.

Tonsilloliths, or tonsil stones, are often small in size but there are rare cases where the stones can be unusually large. Also, people who suffer from chronic tonsillitis are more likely to get tonsil stones.

How to Get Rid of Tonsil Stones For Good

1. Gargle with salt water or sesame oil.

Here are a couple of home remedies for tonsil stones. You can try gargling with salt water two to three times daily to relieve discomfort and clear your throat from various materials. You can also swish sesame oil in your mouth twice daily to remove mouth accumulations and draw out wastes.

2. Remove tonsil stones using swabs.

You can get rid of tonsil stones at home with the aid of a mirror and a cotton swab. Locate where the tonsil stone is and use a swab to apply pressure and pop it out. It is best to do this in front of a sink because of the gag reflex which can be experienced when something touches the back of the throat.

3. Use an oral irrigator.

If you do not like the idea of poking things inside your mouth, you may try using an oral irrigator instead. Choose a device that does not produce too much pressure. There are irrigators that can be attached to the sink tap, and you can adjust the pressure levels simply by adjusting the sink tap.

4. Try an oral rinse.

The best way to get rid of tonsil stones forever is to practice a good oral care regimen. Using an oral rinse should be part of your daily routine. If you have tonsil stones, using an oral rinse daily helps dislodge tonsil stones and clear the throat of any accumulations. Not to mention, it also helps remove bad breath.

5. Take antibiotics.

Antibiotics may be necessary to treat tonsil stones but remember to consult your doctor first. Using antibiotics may help in some cases, but it does not help prevent the formation of tonsil stones. Antibiotics can also have side effects.

6. Laser cryptolysis.

Recurring tonsil stones can cause the crypts in your tonsils to become larger and larger over time. One medical option for this is laser cryptolysis. This procedure involves the use of carbon dioxide laser to smooth out the surface of the tonsils. This also helps prevent tonsil stones because once the crevices have been flattened, the chances of materials getting trapped is less likely.

7. Tonsillectomy.

If you suffer from tonsil stones very often and it becomes a major cause of discomfort, it is time to speak with your doctor about the option to remove your tonsils. This is a difficult decision, so ask your doctor if there are other alternatives such as surgically removing large stones. The plus side to this procedure is that it does not only get rid of tonsil stones fast, but you will also never suffer from them again.

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