Tonsil stones, or tonsilloliths, are hard white or yellow lumps or formations that are located on or within the tonsils. They look like and are sometimes called “acne of the tonsils”. These lumps develop when bacteria, dead cells, food, mucus, and other debris gather in the tonsils.
Your Sterling Heights dentist Dr. Farhat, shares the common signs and symptoms of tonsil stones:
- White or yellow lumps or flecks on the back, sides, or within the tonsils
- Sore throat
- Swollen tonsils
- Bad breath
- Trouble swallowing
- Ear pain
Tonsil Stone Treatment and Prevention
Conventional treatment of tonsil stones will depend on the size and severity of the symptoms. The most popular treatment options are:
- Surgical removal
- Laser resurfacing
- Coblation cryptolysis (the use of radio waves to transform a salt solution into charged ions to cut through the stones)
- Tonsillectomy (removal of tonsils)
How To Treat Tonsil Stones Naturally
There are also non-invasive ways to treat tonsil stones. If you want to know how to treat tonsil stones and prevent their occurrence naturally, Chewing Raw garlic is one of the most recommended methods.
Garlic contains allicin which has powerful antimicrobial abilities. Chewing on some raw garlic can help kill the bacteria within a tonsil stone. It can hamper the growth and spread of bacteria and eliminate other unwanted symptoms, including bad breath.
Gargling with apple cider vinegar
Apple cider vinegar (ACV) is a natural remedy for various ailments. To get rid of tonsil stones and prevent their reoccurrence, add one tablespoon of ACV to eight ounces of warm water and gargle one to three times a day. The solution can break down the stone and even dislodge the stones from your tonsils.
Oil pulling is a popular oral detoxification method. Simply swish a tablespoon of coconut, olive, or sesame oil in your mouth for 10 to 20 minutes and spit it out. Do this every day. This daily practice helps loosen the stones and prevent them from returning since the oil gets rid of bacteria in your mouth.
Gargling with salt water
Add a half teaspoon of salt to eight ounces of warm water and gargle at least once daily. Gargling with this solution detoxifies your mouth and gets rid of debris that could end up forming a tonsil stone. When you gargle vigorously, you can also loosen the stones stuck in your tonsils.
Adding probiotics to your daily diet
Increasing your intake of probiotics in food and supplement form every day can help kill off the bad bacteria of tonsil stones. Start by adding goat’s milk yogurt, coconut kefir, and kimchi to your daily diet.
Lastly, to avoid tonsil stones, you need to maintain good oral hygiene all the time. Since bacteria, leftover food particles and debris cause tonsil stones, you need to keep your mouth thoroughly clean. This means brushing properly at least twice a day and flossing once daily. By ensuring you do not let bacteria and food debris remain in your mouth for a long time, you will reduce the available material that leads to tonsil stone formation.