How To Get Rid of Tonsil Stones

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Tonsil stones are small, calcified masses found in pits and cavities in the tonsils. They're typically caused by an accumulation of bacteria, germs, mucus and food particles and have a foul odor, which frequently causes bad breath.

These small, yellowish stones rarely lead to complications and often dislodge on their own, but some people do suffer from chronic tonsil stones. The best way to get rid of tonsil stones is to prevent them in the first place. Good oral hygiene, regular use of mouthwash and a diet rich with antioxidant and antibacterial foods can help.

1. Using an Oral Irrigator

A popular method of getting rid of tonsil stones is to use an oral irrigator such as a water pick or flosser. An irrigator normally has an angled tip that can reach dental cavities and tonsillar crypts. It shoots water into hard-to-reach areas, which can blast out debris and assist in dislodging tonsil stones.

The tonsils are sensitive and prone to damaging easily. If any type of oral irrigator is used specifically for tonsil stone removal, it should have a gentle amount of water pressure. The aim is to remove the stones and not damage the tonsils during the process.

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