I've written this article explaining how to remove tonsilloliths, or tonsil stones, so that you will have another tool to help you eliminate bad breath. There are numerous methods for removal, and each method carries its own risks. I'll identify those as well, but first I think it's important for you to understand what tonsil stones are and where they come from. Armed with that knowledge, you'll be better prepared to learn how to remove tonsilloliths.
Covering the surface of your tonsils are small pockets, or crypts. Some people have smooth tonsils with shallow crypts. But many have rough tonsils with deep crypts. When your tonsils swell, as they would when inflamed, the crypts expand. If the crypts are large enough, debris may become lodged in them.
The trapped debris can consist of food particles, dead oral tissue cells, post-nasal-drip mucous, and various bacteria, including anaerobic bacteria. In most cases of bad breath, anaerobic bacteria are the root of the problem.
Once all of this debris gets mixed together, the body regards it as foreign, an invader, and sends white blood cells to attack it. The result is a white or yellowish, cauliflower-shaped lump that's typically rock-hard and usually tastes horrible and smells atrocious. Those of you who've experienced these first-hand will have no difficulty understanding why getting rid of them will help eliminate bad breath.
Frequently, a dislodged stone is so tiny, you swallow it without even noticing. If a larger stone is dislodged and ends up on your tongue, you'll quickly discover that it tastes horrible and smells atrocious. If it's dislodged early in its formation, it may resemble cheese in texture. But more often than not, the clumps are hard like little stones.
In more severe cases, a tonsil stone can cause extreme discomfort. Many tonsil stones grow so large that sufferers have reported feeling like an object is stuck in the back of the throat. Larger tonsil stones may also result in a persistent sore throat and frequent occurrences of tonsillitis. And as I mentioned earlier, tonsil stones have a unique "aroma." Whenever you exhale, that odor flows out on your breath.
As I've visited various message boards and read the posts left by people who suffer from tonsil stones, I've gotten the impression that most people know very little about them. Many people have them, but they don't understand what they are or how they form. Some of these people are worried that they have a serious disease, possibly cancer. If this describes you, please relax. Nothing could be further from the truth. For additional information about tonsilloliths, especially from a medical perspective, check out the articles at Web MD.
You now know what tonsil stones are, where and how they form, and that if you have them, although you may be suffering, you're not in any danger. You're ready to learn how to remove tonsilloliths, and more importantly, how to prevent their return.
Tonsilloliths can be dislodged by using your fingernail to poke at them and scrape them out. I don't recommend doing it this way as it's not very hygienic. If you insist on using this method, please do yourself a big favor and first wash your hands thoroughly. You should also continue reading about how to remove tonsilloliths because there are definitely better methods.
Many sufferers have reported successfully dislodging tonsilloliths by using a cotton swab to poke and squeeze the tonsilar crypts. Make sure you use high-quality swabs and first moisten the swab with water. The last thing you need right now is to have cotton strands stuck in the back of your throat.
Another implement you can use is your toothbrush as long as it has soft bristles. This method will have a greater tendency to make you gag than the first two methods, but it's more effective, more sanitary, and safer than the first two.
Want to know how to remove tonsilloliths using a Waterpik Ultra Dental Water Jet, a Family Oral Irrigator Dental System, or similar device? The tongue attachment can be used to direct a spray into the tonsilar crypts. Only use this type of device on the lowest available pressure setting. If it hurts to do this, the pressure is too high, and you should discontinue use immediately. It's possible to tear your tonsil, and you certainly don't want to do that. Some folks who've experienced this problem have modified the tongue attachment. Using a small hobby drill, they enlarged the opening in the tip of the tongue attachment slightly.
If the do-it-yourself approach doesn't appeal to you, you'll need to see an ENT (Ear, Nose, and Throat specialist). Your ENT will discuss how to remove tonsilloliths in a variety of ways up to and including surgical excision or possibly even a tonsillectomy. Keep in mind that a tonsillectomy carries greater risks and greater pain for adults than it does for children. Make sure you discuss the benefits and risks with your ENT before you decide whether or not to have the surgery.
Now that you understand how to remove tonsilloliths and the risks associated with doing so, don't you think it would be better if you could just prevent them from forming in the first place, or at least reduce the frequency of occurrence?
Well, you can.
Follow my method and even if your tonsil stones are not completely eliminated, you'll still be able to eliminate bad breath. You won't even need to know how to remove tonsilloliths
To prevent tonsil stones from forming, and to eliminate bad breath associated with tonsil stones, use a combination of AktivOxigen Tablets and Nasal Sinus Drops. The occasional use of an oxygenating spray will help to neutralize the anaerobic bacteria. You should also use an oxygenating toothpaste and oral rinse as well as a high-quality tongue scraper to neutralize the anaerobic bacteria on the back of the tongue.
By using an entire family of oxygenating products, you'll reduce the frequency of, and possibly eliminate, the formation of tonsilloliths. Even if you only manage to reduce the size and frequency of each occurrence, you WILL eliminate the odor.
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