Have bad breath and want to know how to get rid of tonsil stones? If you’ve ever had tonsil stones (tonsilloliths) you know how gross these little balls of mucus and debris can be. But don’t worry. You don’t have to be forever burdened with a sore throat, tonsil swelling, and annoying mucus. Use these tips to get rid of tonsil stones and banish bad breath today.
To get rid of tonsil stones you’ll need:
- Cotton swabs or a water pik
- Warm water and salt or mouthwash
- Saline nasal spray
- A tongue scraper
- Doctor's Appointment
- Use a saline nasal spray. If you’re comfortable using a saline nasal spray, you should give it a try. The nasal spray will help dilute you nasal secretions and loosen tonsil stones. Regular use of nasal spray is also recommended as a preventative measure to keep tonsil stones from forming.
- Gargle with warm water. The second step in getting rid of tonsil stones is gargling with warm salty water. Warm water gargling will loosen up the mucus and debris in the back of the throat and make it easier for you to remove the stones. If you prefer, you can buy a oxygenating mouthwash at the drug store. As an added bonus, the oxygenating mouthwash will help kill bacteria and keep your breath fresh.
- Use a cotton swab to remove stones. If you can see the stones in the back of your throat, you can use a cotton swab to gently remove them. Be very careful when dislodging the stones. If you have a strong gag reflex, this might be easier said then done. If you’re not comfortable using the cotton swab you could try dislodging the stones with a water pik. Make sure to use your tongue scraper after you remove the stones to scrap away any mucus and debris that is left on your tongue and in the back of your mouth.
- See your MD for antibiotics. If you’re not able to get rid of your tonsil stones at home you should see your doctor for treatment. She may prescribe a round of antibiotics to prevent infection and help your tonsils fight off bad bacteria.
- Tonsil removal. If you experience a lot of problems with tonsil stones, you may want to have your tonsils removed. In cases where an individual has had repeated problems with tonsil stones that cannot be treated at home or with antibiotics, your doctor may recommend a tonsillectomy. Don't worry it's not as scary as it sounds. Tonsillectomies are a common procedure that doctors have been performing for many years.
Tonsil stones can be frustrating and embarrassing, but they don’t have to be. Fortunately, you can take the problem into your own hands with a few common household items. Follow the above instructions to remove your tonsil stones and keep your breath fresh and clean.