Do you ever have the feeling like something is stuck in your throat and you have difficulties swallowing or even breathing? If you have then you’ve probably had tonsil stones, small white spots on the tonsils which often go unnoticed by many who’ve had them.
Why do tonsil stones happen?
Tonsil stones occur as a result of mucus, bacteria, food particles and dead skin cells accumulation in the tonsil crypts and are usually soft and white or yellowish. They can go away on their own but sometimes they can cause problems like bad breath, irritated throat, difficulties swallowing and even respiratory problems if they develop too much.
Who suffers from tonsil stones?
They can happen to anyone but they usually occur after a chronic throat inflammation or can happen to people with larger tonsils and even bad oral hygiene can increase the risk significantly. After being diagnosed with tonsil stones, people are usually sent to tonsillectomy which is actually surgical removal of the tonsils. This can fix the issue and prevent reoccurrence but it’s not a 100% efficient procedure.
Moreover, removing the tonsils can increase the risk of bacterial and viral infections because you’ve eliminated a part of your immune system which is necessary to prevent these infections.
Can the issue be resolved in another way?
Surgery isn’t the only way to go about this problem, there are other methods, less invasive ones which can help you remove tonsils stones at your very own home. We’ve narrowed the choice to the following:
Using a long Q-tip you can actually remove the tonsils stones quite safely on your own. Just open your mouth in front of a mirror and push the tonsils with the Q-tip until they’re dislodged. Apply some pressure and the stones should pop right out.
Dental irrigation syringes
You can also use dental irrigation syringes to flush the stones out. Point the curved top towards the affected tonsils and flush them away. Just keep your head down so that the stones fall out from your mouth. You should use a mixture of equal parts water and 3$ hydrogen peroxide for the irrigation. This method is a bit more efficient than the Q-tips because it can help you remove the deeper tonsils stones which are not visible to you in front of the mirror.
Similarly to the previous method, you need to point the nozzle towards the tonsils and flush them out. The difference is that this irrigator has a motor so it can be a bit more aggressive. Just make sure you don’t hurt yourself by setting the function to the lowest settings.
Probiotics can also help you in the removal of tonsil stones. They have a powerful effect against the bad bacteria which causes tonsil stones in the first place. There are many different oral probiotics but the most effective one for this condition is S. salivarius K12. How to use it? Well just open up the capsule and mix its content with a glass of lukewarm water. Swish the mixture and make sure you reach the affected area by tilting your head back before you spit it out.
Make sure you keep good oral hygiene, use high quality toothpaste and chew gum, it can help you in the prevention and elimination of this uncomfortable problem.