Tonsil stones, or tonsiliths, are small deposits that form in pits on tonsils and other areas in the throat. These deposits are a combination of food, bacteria, and other debris found in the mouth. They form over time and can harden or calcify if they aren’t removed.
Not everyone gets tonsil stones but if you do, then you know how challenging they can be. Tonsil stones can cause halitosis (bad breath) and a foul taste in the mouth. If you get large stones, they can be difficult to remove. Stones may even dislodge on their own and you might cough them up at inopportune times.
Here are a few methods you can try to remove these stones before they cause you trouble.
Gargling with saltwater and/or a mouthwash on a regular basis will flush away debris from your throat and reduce bacteria.
Cotton Swabs or Toothbrush
Daring individuals with control over their gag reflex can use tools to physically scoop out tonsil stones. If you go this route, choose a tool that won’t scrape your tonsils and that you can’t accidentally choke on.
Try a Water Flosser
Water flosser shoot out a gentle stream of water through a toothbrush-like device. This tool is easy to move around and blast away stones in your tonsils.
Improve Your Oral Hygiene
A plaque-filled oral environment provides more bacteria for creating tonsil stones. You may experience fewer stones if you brush, floss, and rinse daily.
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Pure Smiles Dentistry
2655 Dallas Highway Suite 510
Marietta, GA 30064
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