The tonsils are comprised of crevices, tunnels and pits that are all called tonsil crypts. Various types of debris like dead skin cells, saliva, food bits and mucus build up in these pockets and over the course of time, they begin to build up.
Bacteria, as well as fungus, will feed on the build-up and they’re deposits calcify to become mouth stones (or tonsil stones as they can be known).
There are many ways to get rid of the tonsil stones, however, it can be very tough as they’re deep in the back of the throat and are not always readily seen. Some are hidden behind folds of skin on the tonsils and very difficult, if not impossible, to see.
There are a few ways that you can try to remove tonsil stones from home without medical intervention. To save you some time and money, I’ve provided an outline of the most effective remedies below.
Gargle with Apple Cider Vinegar
Just like many infections, illnesses and aliments, apple cider vinegar can help you treat your tonsil stones. Thanks to its antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, it will help fight off bacteria around your tonsils and help aid any symptoms you have been experiencing, like swelling tonsils and a sore throat.
To gargle I recommend you mix 1 tablespoon of ACV with one glass of water.
When gargling, be sure to swish the solution around your mouth for 15 seconds. Make sure it reaches the back of your throat. Spit the solution out and repeat until the glass is empty. You may see parts of the stones in the sink when you spit the solution out.
Use a Dental Irrigation Syringe
These can be found pretty cheap on Amazon. If you suffer from regular tonsil stones, then its recommend you get one.
After filling the syringe with water (or hydrogen peroxide solution), begin squirting it into the crypts of your tonsils. If the stones seem to be stuck deep within your tonsils, or if you’re prone to a gag reflex, then this technique will be most ideal.
Alternatively, if the stones are stuck behind your tonsils then you could use the suction of the syringe to suck them up. It may take a little more effort but could be worth it if you don’t like the feeling of squirting water at the back of your throat.
If the stones are lose enough, you can sometimes cough them out. You just need to do so hard enough (without hurting yourself of course).
If needed, be sure to cough hard several times and spit out whatever comes into your mouth. You may wish to gargle some water beforehand to try and loosen them up a bit.
Drink Chamomile Tea
Like apple cider vinegar, chamomile tea also has anti-inflammatory properties. So even though drinking it won’t necessarily remove your tonsil stones, it will definitely help with the symptoms you’ve been experiencing.
Given how convenient and cheap chamomile tea has become to buy, this may be a better option to go for instead of the apple cider vinegar – provided you just want some help with symptoms.
Prevention of Tonsil Stones
Once you have the tonsil stones out, you’ll need to remember that they can return. Therefore, you need to make sure that you take measures to prevent future tonsil stone growth.
Below are some of things that should/could be a part of your daily routine:
- Maintain great oral healthy by flossing and brushing 3 times per day (most important!)
- Gargle non-alcohol mouthwash daily
- Limit tobacco, alcohol and junk food consumption
- Stay properly hydrated
Now that you know how to deal with throat stones properly, I hope that they cease to cause any more serious or frustrating problems. By following what I’ve spoken about in this article, they’re side effects should begin to lessen. Eventually they’ll stop coming back!