Tonsil stones (also called tonsilloliths) are caused by an accumulation of sulfur-producing bacteria, fungus, dead cells, food debris, and mucus that collect in the tiny pockets/crevices (crypts) dotting the surface of the tonsils. If you have allergies, sinus issues, or ear infections, the associated fluid can drain into your tonsils, creating a buildup. Treating these health problems can help to cut down on the number of tonsil stones that form.
Tonsil stones can be removed using home remedies, but in some cases may need the attention of a medical professional. A key component of eliminating tonsil stones is oxygenation. The bacteria and debris that cause tonsil stones are effectively destroyed when subjected to sufficient levels of oxygen.
Simple Home Remedies
Tonsils stones are typically quite small, measuring less than a half millimeter in diameter, so they can often be removed at home. Removing tonsil stones can usually be accomplished with common items used for oral hygiene. You can frequently dislodge the particles safely by gargling, using a waterpik, or a cotton swab.
Hydrogen peroxide: Hydrogen peroxide diluted with water makes an effective gargling solution. The white particles can sometimes indicate an infection and hydrogen peroxide works by purifying your mouth and tonsils. Hydrogen peroxide is not intended for consumption and can be harmful when ingested, so care has to be taken to not swallow any of the solution.
Mouthwash/Oral Rinse: Gargling helps to break up the phlegm that settles in the back of the throat. TheraBreath oral rinses are effective at preventing tonsil stones and bad breath. They are all natural and do not contain any ingredients that can exacerbate this problem. Whatever mouthwash you choose, make sure it does not contain alcohol, because this will dry out your mouth and encourage the proliferation of anaerobic bacteria.
Oral Irrigator: Irrigating the back of the throat is another method for removing tonsil stones. This also cleans tonsil crevices and may help prevent future formations of tonsil stones. However, the spray of water from an oral irrigator should be kept low in order to lessen the chance of further irritating inflamed tonsils. Using an irrigator that connects to the sink is suggested since the water spray can be adjusted by regulating the faucet.
Food & Dietary Intake
Mineral deposits (such as calcium) in the mouth can become excessive and create an overabundance of tonsil stones. Changing your diet may help prevent tonsil stones from forming. The most common approach is to switch to a vegetarian or raw food diet that contains live and active enzymes. While you cannot do this overnight, you can slowly change your dietary intake and limit the consumption of starchy foods and red meat. These changes may result in the added benefit of a reduction in phlegm and improved overall health.
Natural blood purifiers in the form of pills or drops are another remedy, available from local health food stores or online. When your body is fighting an infection, it tries eliminating it as quickly as possible, and one way is through tonsil stones. Purifying the blood will improve overall health, thereby reducing the number of tonsil stones.
Procedures Performed by Doctors
As an increasing number of tonsils stones form, they create large craters in the tonsils. This is the body's natural way of trying to eliminate them from the body. As time goes on, the craters continue to grow in size. A procedure called laser cryptolysis performed by a doctor helps close the craters. Tonsil stones are not considered a health emergency unless your tonsils are swollen and you have tonsillitis. As such, laser cryptolysis is generally considered elective surgery, so may not be covered by health insurance.
Larger tonsil stones are typically harder and may require attention by a medical professional. A dentist or oral surgeon can typically excise them with a gouge-like tool while the patient is anesthetized with a local numbing agent. Doctors have removed tonsil stones ranging from .10 ounce to as large as 1.5 ounces.
Tonsil Removal (Tonsillectomy)
The most drastic method for eliminating tonsil stones is to surgically excise the tonsils. The adenoids are generally also removed during a tonsillectomy due to their close proximity to the tonsils. The tonsils and adenoids play a role in immunological health, therefore their removal is only recommended when the patient experiences frequent bouts of infections or tonsillitis. While children have their tonsils removed without complications, the risks associated with tonsillectomies increase in adults. Most doctors discourage tonsil removal in adults who have frequent tonsillitis or infections, preferring to prescribe antibiotics.
TheraBreath® Video on How to Remove Tonsil Stones
TheraBreath oral care products are based on years of research conducted by Dr. Katz, a well-known dentist and prominent bacteriologist. He discovered that bad breath and tonsil stones originate from the same source — anaerobic bacteria and the detrimental effects of dry mouth.
Tonsil stones are a treatable and avoidable condition that can cause embarrassing bad breath. The combination of TheraBreath Aktiv-Oxigen Serum and TheraBreath PLUS Nasal-Sinus Drops can effectively help prevent tonsil stones without tonsil surgery. In addition, the use of TheraBreath Throat Spray will neutralize anaerobic sulfur-producing bacteria on contact. Remember that proper brushing of the teeth and tongue are also essential to maintaining good oral hygiene and preventing bad breath.
If you are dealing with this problem, rest assured that TheraBreath® has the solution to help you prevent tonsil stones and bad breath.