Tonsil stone treatment doesn't need to be radical
SUMMARY: If you're thinking of more radical tonsil stone treatments, beware.
Posted: November 24, 2011
When it comes to your breath, do you ever feel not-so-fresh? Have you noticed an odd smell coming from your mouth or a persistent urge to clear your throat? Can you see small white specks on your tonsils? If so, you may be one of the millions of Americans suffering from tonsilloliths. But don't do to the doctor just yet! Tonsil stone treatment doesn't have to be extreme.
A number of public health authorities state that radical tonsil stone removals - that is, the kind that takes out your tonsils along with the stones - are no longer all that common. Perhaps this is because it's becoming more accepted to use specialty breath freshening rinses to loosen and dislodge these objects.
Tonsil stones are tiny, round, whitish lumps that collect in the folds of your tonsils. Typically, the first noticeable symptom of these little accretions is a case of chronic bad breath. If you notice that you continue to have halitosis even after careful brushing and flossing, take a look in the mirror. Open up and say "Ahhhh."
Do you see any small specks at the back of your throat? If you do, you may be interested in an oxygenating tonsil stone treatment, like an oxygenating rinse that will loosen the stones enough that you may be able to cough them out immediately.
If you're thinking of more radical tonsil stone treatments, beware. The Mayo Clinic states that getting a tonsillectomy just to avoid tonsil stones is a pretty extreme solution. Likewise, other radical treatments are not always necessary. For example, a study published in the European Journal of Oto-Rhino-Laryngology announced that rabioablation (or electrical cauterization, in other words) of the tonsils does wonders for some cases of halitosis.
Rather than frying away your tonsils as a treatment for bad breath, consider sticking to natural specialty products.