Tonsil Stones are normally caused by small food particles, mucus cells, bacteria, or other materials that get trapped inside the pockets of the tonsils. You’ll know you have tonsil stones if you experience excessive coughing, problems swallowing, sore throat, swelling of the tonsils, bad breath or halitosis, choking, or a metallic taste in your mouth.
The good news is there are some simple and effective things you can do to remove or at least lessen the production of these stones in your mouth. When it comes to removing tonsil stones salt water has been known to be very effective. When you gargle salt water it helps by quickly reducing any pain and discomfort associated with the tonsil stones. Moreover, the salt water will help to loosen up the stones so that they can be easily removed.
What You’ll Need
- 8 Ounces of Warm Water
- 1 Tablespoon – 2 Tablespoon of Idolized Salt
Salt Water Nasal Wash
When you notice you’ve got tonsil stones the first thing you should do is a nasal wash using the salt water solution.
- Make the salt water by combining a teaspoon of salt with eight ounces of warm water.
- Once you’ve made the salt water bring your nose over the cup and inhale the liquid up each of your nostrils one at a time.
- Make sure the liquid goes through your nose and exits your mouth.
- Now brush your teeth like you normally would.
- Keep repeating this until you notice that your stones have loosened up.
- Once they’re loose you should be able to remove them easily with your fingers or a cotton swab.
Salt Water Gargle
The next thing you need to do is gargle the salt water mixture.
- Make the salt water solution the same way you would if you were to use it as a nasal wash.
- When you gargle the salt water make sure you tilt your head back a little so the liquid can reach all the way to the back of your throat.
- You have to continue doing this a few times daily so that the salt water can dislodge microscopic food particles and help get rid of the tonsil stones.
- Removing tonsil stones is only the half of it. You will need to continue gargling the salt water after each meal so you can make sure the stones don’t come back.
As soon as you get done eating make the salt water solution and gargle, and then drink a little bit of plain water and swirl it around your mouth to make sure you get all food particles and other materials that could develop into tonsil stones and then spit it out. Brush your teeth properly and then gargle some mouthwash. If you do this after each time you sit down your oral health will improve dramatically.
If you aren’t a big fan of salt water you could use carbonated drinks like club soda, tonic water, and seltzer water as an alternative. The carbonation from the club soda will agitate the stones, which will eventually force them to fall off of your tonsils. Just make sure you stay consistent with the gargle and the nasal flush using salt water and you should be okay.