People who suffer with tonsil stones are interested in one thing only. They all want to know the best methods of getting rid of tonsil stones.
Tonsil stones are small clusters of material that build up in the crevices of your tonsils. It’s not quite known how or why they develop but many believe it’s a build up of dead white cells. The dead white cells are believed to be caused by a bacterial growth on your tonsils combined with over-active salivary glands.
How do I know if I have tonsil stones?
Tonsil stones are distinguished by a combination of halitosis (bad breath) as well as the feeling that something hard is in your throat in the area of the tonsils. This can often cause discomfort. They are not dangerous, merely uncomfortable. This doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try to get rid of them.
Removing at home
For many who suffer with tonsil stones, getting rid of them can often be done at home. This can be done using a variety of methods including an eye-dropper (or medicine dropper) with a curved edge. These droppers can help you suck out the tonsil stones. Another potential way of getting rid of tonsil stones is to use water. This can be done easily by using a toothbrush (or pick system) that has pulsating water.
Brushing the area of the tonsils is not for everyone, but for some people this method of getting rid of the stones can be very effective. This will help loosen the tonsil stone allowing you to remove it quickly. Other methods are available as well, including flexing your throat. The flexing generally causes the tonsils to tighten up. This flexing may dislodge the tonsil stone and it will simply pop out.
Unfortunately, home removal doesn’t work for everyone. There are cases (though extreme) where the tonsil stone is so imbedded in the tonsil that the only option is surgical removal. Fortunately, this is a relatively simple procedure and often requires little more than a curette to dig it out. Other devices may be used, but caution must be exercised to avoid infection. In very extreme cases, some patients may elect for laser removal of tonsil stones. This is done to shave the stone from the outer later of the tonsil. For most cases that require surgery, this procedure shaves the outer layer and flattens the tonsil stone. In the worst possible cases of tonsil stones, getting rid of tonsil stones could mean surgical removal of the tonsils.
Tonsil stones are not dangerous to your health. They are uncomfortable and they can cause severe bad breath. If you have these stones and are interested in getting rid of them you should try some of these at home methods before you need to concern yourself with the more drastic surgical methods.