Those hard little particles that form on your tonsils from time to time are pretty harmless but can result in bad breath, difficulty swallowing and a sore throat. Getting rid of these tonsil rocks, or tonsil stones, is therefore often necessary and is actually quite simple using one of these 3 methods.
The simple process of gargling can loosen and dislodge the stones allowing them to be dispelled with the gargling solution. For the best results I recommend you gargle a few times per day for 30 seconds and use either an antibacterial, non-alcoholic mouthwash or a special mouthwash recommended by your general practice of pharmacy.
Alternatively, you can use a saltwater or apple cider vinegar solution. Simply dissolve 1 teaspoon of salt/ACV in half a cup of warm water and swirling it around your mouth, making sure it reaches the back of your throat.
Both solutions will act as a disinfectant but the ACV has anti-inflammatory properties so if you’re struggling with the symptoms caused by tonsil stones then it will be the better choice.
The liquid will contain some of the tonsil stones which are often contaminated with bacteria, viruses and other bacteria so make sure not to swallow any of it. Swallowing these, even in an antibacterial solution, can have other health risks.
Also, make sure you clean out your mouth afterwards with clean water.
Tonsil stones can be removed manually using a cotton swab. However, it is very important to be extremely gentle and cautious when using this method as the lining or membrane of the tonsils is very sensitive and can become damaged and infected easily.
If you have a sensitive gag reflex then this may not be the best method for you.
Dip the cotton covered tip into an antibacterial solution or warm saltwater before starting. This will moisturize the swab and disinfect it to lower the risk of damaging or infecting the lining of the tonsils. While looking in a mirror, gently wipe away at the white, raised bumps that appear on the tonsils and pull out the stones.
Afterwards, dispose of the cotton swab and the offending particle after removing each tonsil stone, and make sure to clean out your mouth again.
The simple process of a strong hard cough can dislodge and forcefully eject tonsil stones. Placing your tongue against your palette (the top of your mouth) and pushing it backwards towards the tonsils will help expel the stones with greater force.
It is recommended to have a paper towel or tissue handy into which you can spit the mucous or sputum that is expelled after coughing. This mucous will contain the tonsil stones which once again, should not be swallowed.
Don’t be alarmed if the expelled mucous and stones have a strong odour. This is normal as the little calcified particles contain matter like bacteria, food and other materials which are often expel sulfur.
Given how stressful and problematic tonsil stones can be, following my tips above is crucial for anyone that suffers from the infection. If you don’t then you will continue to be affected by their annoying symptoms.
However, if the above methods do not work to remove the white bumps from the surface of the tonsils, it is recommended to visit a doctor. They may recommend a procedure to remove the tonsil stones, or even the tonsils themselves – however this is rare and only intended for those in serious situations.