Also referred to as tonsilloliths, tonsil stones are deposits, usually whitish in color, that form on the surface of tonsils. In specific, they accumulate in the small craters found on tonsils. This accumulation is as a result of food particles that get stuck in these craters. Soon, bacteria start feeding on these particles and what results is a very unpleasant smell coming from the mouth. In addition to a bad smell, tonsil stones can cause pain and irritation when swallowing food.
When you eat or cough, some of these deposits are gotten rid off but in some cases, it is necessary to take action to get rid of them. The following are some simple tips on how to cure tonsil stones pretty fast without any adverse side effects.
1. Gargling after every meal
To prevent food particles from accumulating, gargle your mouth with salty warm water after every meal. Even better you can use mouth wash to gargle. Not only will the gargling get rid of any present tonsil stones, it will improve your overall dental hygiene. If you are able, occasionally (around twice weekly) gargle using oxygenated mouthwash. This is a special type of mouthwash that makes use of specific compounds and oxygen to prevent the action of bacteria that leads to tonsil stones.
2. Use garlic and virgin oil
Garlic has antibiotic properties that help to kill bad bacteria in the mouth and thus get rid of tonsil stones. The best way to take garlic is by chewing raw cloves and then gargling with virgin oil. The oil helps to soothe any inflammation that may have occurred as a result of the tonsilloliths. Use this treatment thrice a day for best results.
3. Remove the tonsil stones using a Q-tip or Bobby Pin
You can also manually get rid of the stones using either a Q-tip or a bobby pin. Make sure they are clean before using them. Stand in front of the mirror and shine light deep into your mouth. Stick your tongue out to make the tonsils visible. Gently scrap out visible tonsil stones taking care not to hurt yourself or cause any bleeding.
4. Oral irrigation
Oral irrigation works by shooting streams of water into the mouth. This pressurized water can effectively dislodge any deposits on the surface of the tonsils. It is however very important to be careful not to cause any damage to your tonsils especially as a result of too much pressure from the water. Only use the lowest setting of an oral irrigator when you are removing tonsil stones.
5. Use apple cider vinegar
One other solution you can gargle with to get rid of tonsil stones is water and apple cider vinegar. Pour some warm water into a cup and mix with a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar. Gargle with this solution thrice a day.
Other forms of quick home treatments that you may want to try out include Aloe Vera juice, lemons and fizzy drinks. If the condition does not improve, you may need to see a doctor. In extreme cases, the doctor can recommend the complete removal of the tonsils.