Almond or tonsil stones are small, non-white waste usually found in the back of the throat. However, they are often asymptomatic and cause minor difficulties such as painful swallowing, inflamed red tonsils and bad breathing that we all know and hate.
In this article, Bright Side wants to share with you some of the ways you can get rid of tonsils on your own. We also want you to know when it is necessary to see your doctor and how to prevent it from happening again.
1. Removing tonsil stones using cotton swabs
1. Gather these items along with the cotton swabs:
- A mirror
- A toothbrush
- A flashlight
- Running water
2. Open your mouth and the lamp glows below your throat. Doing this in front of the mirror will help you see the tonsils.
3. Stick your tongue and say, “Ah!” To tighten the muscles in the back of the throat. This will help push the tonsils forward to see them better.
4. Run some water on the cotton swab to make it softer and less irritating to your throat. Avoid putting it on the counter to prevent contamination.
5. Poke the stones gently with your swab and press the tonsil stone until you remove it. Then gently pull it with cotton.
6. Be very gentle as well, as bleeding may occur. However, sometimes a little bleeding is normal but you have to be careful to reduce it. Remember that cuts and wounds can be infected with the same bacteria that caused the stones.
7. Wash your mouth with water to make sure that you have removed all of the stones, especially if your saliva feels a bit sticky. Just drink water to relieve it.
2. Using an oral irrigator
You can also use oral irrigation devices like water shots that are often used to push tonsils from their cavities, just use them at their lowest setting.
But before buying it, first test it on the tonsils to see if the spray is too strong. If this is the case and it hurts you in any way, avoid using it to let out your stones.
Put irrigation in your mouth without touching the stone and turn the irrigation device down to its lowest level. Then direct the stream of water into a visible stone and keep it steady until the stone is stripped off.
3. Gargling to remove and prevent the stones
Gargling with mouthwash after eating is a big tip since tonsil stones often form after the remaining food gets stuck in the holes.
Gargling with alcohol-free mouthwash is recommended after eating. Not only will washing improve the health of your teeth and gums, but it will also help take off any small portions of food.
Also, a mixture of warm water and salt is best for gargling as it takes off portions of food from the tonsils. You should mix 1 teaspoon of salt in 6 ounces of water and stir until mixed.
Then gargle salt water with your head leaning back. Salt water tends to calm any discomfort caused by tonsillitis.
You can also invest in oxygenated mouthwashes because they contain chlorine dioxide and natural zinc compounds that help block bacterial growth due to the presence of oxygen.
However, oxygen mouthwashes are very strong, so they should be used once or twice a week. You can also supplement the oxygenated mouthwash with natural wash.
4. Gargling using apple cider vinegar
Vinegar tends to break the tonsils due to its acidic content. Dilute some apple cider vinegar with water in a cup and gargle. Start by mixing a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar with a cup of warm water and gargle. Try to do this 3 times a day as it might help loosen stones faster.
However, it should be noted that there are risks to using apple juice that includes the possibility of digestive problems and dental cavities.
5. Using essential oils
Essential oils such as lemon and bitter oil may also help reduce almond stones because of their anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties.
Begin by diluting the essential oil in a carrier oil, then apply a drop or drop to a toothbrush before brushing the stones. It is recommended not to use this toothbrush forward due to the amount of bacteria involved.
6. Using a simple toothbrush
Using the backside of a toothbrush (which is also the flat side), carefully try to lift the tissues of the tonsils and find hardened deposits. Gargle with some salt water afterward to prevent any further bacterial infection.
By brushing the tongue frequently, as well as the teeth, you can reduce the excessive amount of bacteria in the mouth and prevent future tonsil stones from forming.