There are several different types material that can combine to form calcified tonsil stones or tonsilloliths. They appear as little white or yellowish balls and look a lot like a piece of food or some material that can easily be wiped or washed away. They form in the back of the throat in the crevasse that house your tonsils. Tonsil stones can itch and ache PLUS they can make your breath smell like old garbage or rotten eggs due to the bacteria that is emitting a foul gas.
Over time, the matter bonds together and becomes increasingly calcified and bonds to the tonsils with greater strength making it very hard to remove w/o treatment. Below is top 15 things that you should know before removing them:
1. What is a tonsil stone or cryptic tonsils? Why do I get?
According to American health survey, over 6% of total population suffer from this condition. Tonsil stones, also known as tonsilloliths, are normally caused by the accumulation of food debris and mucus secreted from post nasal drip trapped in the tonsils. While regular mouthwash can remove the debris and kill bacteria inside the mouth, it is difficult to clean tonsils and inner side of the throat. Read more for Causes…
2. What are the symptoms?
The easiest ways to point out tonsil stone is by looking at your tonsils. If you see white or yellow bumps or pockets on or around your tonsils and throat, changes are that you may have tonsilloliths. If you ever cough out yellowish foul smell particles with irregular shape, you are most likely infected with them. Many times, tonsil stones and bad breath or sore throat are closely related.
3. Is tonsilloliths contagious? Can my family catch them from me?
Tonsil stones normally contain bacteria. While there is always possibility the bacteria can spread to another person by using the same teeth brush and water cup, it is almost impossible to get them from other person.
First, they are formed mostly because of the inner shape of tonsils of individual patient. Each person has different oral structure which may or may not be suitable for the debris to grow into tonsil stones. Therefore, you do not need to worry if the disease can be transferred by a simple kiss.
Second, bacteria is propagated through certain form of media (e.g., air, blood or direct contact). The only possibility that someone else can get infected by tonsil bacteria is through direct contact, which chance is almost closed to zero, e.g., use your finger to touch tonsils and put the same finger inside someone else mouth.
4. Do I need to see a doctor to get rid of tonsil stones?
According to my own experience, doctors most likely will give you some antibiotics. It works quite well for some infection, such as sore throat caused by tonsils stones. The problem is antibiotics does not guarantee a long term resolution and this solution can cost you a lot (hundreds of dollars). As explained above, if your oral structure is perfect for tonsil stones to build up, there is no way you can get rid of tonsillolith forever with expensive antibiotics.
However, if the stone grows so big that you have problems to swallow, you definitely need to see a doctor for a surgery.
5. Do they come back and forth once you had them or got rid of them?
Medication, such as antibiotics, might remove them quickly. Unfortunately, it cannot be used as a permanent cure. Chances are once you stop the medication, they will come back again.
From my own experience, it will be rather easy to prevent tonsil stones rather than to remove them. As long as you maintain good oral hygiene, such as using oral rinse for tonsil related bad breath, and follow a good diet (drink low salt water and avoid to take less dairy food and other calcium rich foods or drinks) and living habit (not eat before sleeping).
6. Can tonsil stones cause halitosis?
They are one of the key factors that cause chronic bad breath. Along with the massive white blood cells and oral bacteria, oral debris and mucus from post nasal drip compose the major part of the stones. The basic odorous nature of these chemical compounds is the main factor behind chronic bad breath, which eventually does lead to halitosis.
7. What are the common tonsilloliths symptoms?
At the very earlier stage of tonsilloliths, there is no outward symptoms that can be easily identified. If no proper action is undertaken, eventually you will notice three common symptoms: 1) bad breath even after you brush the teeth or use mouthwash ; 2) development of cough along with particles with foul smells; 3) sore throat with no apparent reasons. Without proper treatment, the worst case will be development of tonsil cancer.
8. How to remove them without any surgery?
One of the simple home remedies is to use a wet cotton swab to pull out the stones out of tonsil pockets. A few extra tools might be required, such as flash light and a mirror. You can wash your mouth with salt water before and after this.
One powerful device that can achieve the same is oral irrigator, which normally costs $20 and can be used as a regular mouthwash tool.
9. How to remove tonsil stones without using expensive medication?
Anti-bacteria mouthwashes normally can quickly remove the bacteria and bad breath in a short period, therefore, restrict the growing of the stones. After using mouthwash a few days/weeks, the stones foundation become loosely connected with tonsil pockets. You can use teeth-brush or cotton swab to remove them without too much effort. The problem is that stones will come back if they are caused by the inner shape of your tonsil and living habit, such as drinking too much milk and eat food with rich calcium.
It has also been proved one of the best way to safely remove them without any medication or surgery with natural home treatments, such as gargling solutions and herbal and special food recipe. More details are provided below.
10. What is the best way to prevent tonsil stones?
The best cure is to avoid eat dairy foods. You should also stay away from caffeine, alcohol, carbonated beverage and smoking. Vegetables which are rich with fibers, such as celery. Mushroom, onion and salt water are also great source to prevent tonsilloliths. One of the best resource that you could use to find out more natural remedies to remove them is “Banish Tonsil Stone”, which tells lots of good recipes for this purpose, including breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks.
11. Is there any natural remedies or home treatment to remove them?
As a sufferer, I have done some research on these topics. I have also purchased some e-books for this purpose.
One of the most common remedies is to gargle with salt water in the back of your throat. This is very efficient for the earlier stage of tonsilloliths sufferer. Another one is to use green team mixed with honey, apple cider vinegar and fresh lemon.
The most efficient remedies that I found can remove and prevent tonsil stones are to eat and drink properly with recipes that can actually eliminate the oral bacteria. I have done some research on these and did purchase a few books on these.
Here is a list of books that I would recommend.
If this does not work for you, you can simply request a refund within 60 days
Diane Puttman: Banish Tonsil Stones
Juliana McFadden: Beat Tonsil Stones
Anna Watson: Tonsil Stones Secret Home Remedies
12. Which doctor should I visit to cure tonsilloliths?
ENT (ear, nose and throat) Specialists
13. What antibiotics should I take to remove tonsilloliths?
Recommended to confirm with the ENT specialists. Many times, antibiotics are very effective in a short period. The problem is you have to keep on taking them and prevent tonsilloliths comes back and the price of medication is not cheap. Most importantly, they are not natural treatment: taking too much medicine is not a good thing. If you do not change your diet habit, it is very likely those stones will re-appear after you stop medication.
14. Is it possible to have them come back after laser tonsillectomy?
The most common surgery procedure is tonsillectomy which can effectively cure the tonsilloliths. The laser will re-shape the tonsil, i.e., burn the caverns of tonsils to fill up the pockets of tonsils where the debris is normally accumulated at. Once this is fixed, you will unlikely to have tonsil stones back.
15. What are the best home treatment or natural remedies?
As you have found out, the key to prevent and remove tonsilloliths is to follow a few proved natural remedies without the extra cost of medication and surgery.
I am currently following Diane Puttman’s e-book “Banish Tonsil Stones”. It is a short PDF handbook which is available for immediate download.
The handbook include two important sections that I like most:
The Secret: tells you the cause and a few traditional home treatments.
The Recipe Ideas: presents very detailed non-diary recipes (breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks) that are natural and actually working!