Get Rid of Tonsil Stones
|By Dr. Harold Katz - Bad Breath Expert|
If you have ever had a problem with your tonsils you might have noticed an accumulation of white pus (hard or soft) embedded within your tonsils. These accumulations called tonsil stones are comprised of mucus, calcium deposits, food particles, bacteria, and mineral excretions. The tonsil stones can be white or yellow and when dislodged may emit a terrible bad breath odor. There are many methods available to get rid of tonsil stones that range from natural home remedies to medical procedures performed by a doctor.
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Removing the Tonsils
One extreme way to get rid of tonsil stones is to get your tonsils removed. Many doctors and your insurance carrier will not agree to this unless you have an extreme infection or tonsillitis. Many also will recommend it to those under twenty years of age or younger. As your tonsils are used to help filter bacteria it can be problematic to undergo surgery for this procedure when you are much older. Most medical professionals will prescribe antibiotics instead.
Natural Methods to get rid of Tonsil Stones
Natural methods that you can try to help dislodge the particles are gargling with salt water or using a water pick to safely push them out. This helps to break up the phlegm that settles in the back of the throat. If you have allergies, sinus, or ear problems it can also drain down into your tonsils, which creates a buildup. Correcting many of these illnesses can help to eliminate or cut down on the number of stones you get.
A solution of hydrogen peroxide diluted with water can also be used to gargle with to help clean your tonsils. As the white particles can sometimes indicate an infection, hydrogen peroxide can help to purify the area. You will want to make sure that you gargle with it only and do not swallow. Drinking hydrogen peroxide is harmful and is not intended for consumption.
If neither salt water nor hydrogen peroxide is your preference, then using a mouthwash that contains bacteria fighting agents can also be useful. As bacteria are one of the ingredients that create tonsil stones, eliminating the bacteria with mouthwash can prevent tonsil stone formation. The oral rinse may also provide you with clean smelling breath.
Foods and Diet to get rid of Tonsil Stones
Mineral deposits (such as calcium) in the mouth can become excessive and yield an overabundance of tonsil stones, so changing your diet can help to get rid of tonsil stones. The most common methods are changing to a vegetarian diet, or even a raw food diet that has live and active enzymes still contained in the food. This may not be an overnight process but you can slowly change over meals and the number of days each week that you consume starchy foods or those dishes that contain an abundance of red meat. You might even notice a reduction in phlegm and overall better health.
Another natural remedy that you can try is getting natural blood purifiers in the form of pills or drops from your health food store or online. When your body is fighting an infection it is trying to get rid of it as quickly as possible. It can do so through your pores in the form of pimples or even tonsil stones which have a similar purpose. As your bodys health improves you should see less white stones accumulating in your tonsils.
Medical Procedure to get rid of Tonsil Stones
A procedure to get rid of tonsil stones that is only performed by a doctor is laser cryptolysis. As more and more stones are formed they create large craters within your tonsils. This is your bodys natural way of getting them to work out of your body. As time goes on the craters get larger and larger. A laser cryptolysis is performed by the doctor to help close up these craters. This is a surgery that your insurance may not pay for so you will need to come up with the money on your own.
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Tonsil stones are not considered to be a health emergency unless your tonsils swell up and you get tonsillitis. Otherwise it is a nuisance that also contributes to bad breath. You can go to your doctor and get your tonsils removed or get the crater holes closed. Other methods such as changing your eating habits will work but only after eliminating starches and red meat. Other methods help to dislodge the stones as well as kill bacteria and stop the buildup of phlegm. Click here to learn more about removing tonsil stones.
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