Dental issues are a big thing for every person – old or young. Today in this article we are going to talk about dental issues and how to get rid of them without wasting money.
Do you know what tonsil stones are? Referred to as tonsilloliths as well, are the small and off-white waste that is found on the back of the throat. They can often cause pain while swallowing, inflamed red tonsils and bad breath.
Here are tips on getting rid of them.
1. Use an oral irrigator
You need a water irrigator that isn’t spraying too strong, nor too little, because you need something to push the tonsil stones out of their cavities. Just put the irrigator inside your mouth, and direct the stream onto one visible stone while you dislocate it. If it hurts, you need an irrigator with less water pressure power.
Use mouthwash after a meal, since the tonsil stones usually tend to form after leftover food is stuck in the tiny invisible holes. It’s best if you use an alcohol-free mouthwash. Also, you could use a home-made mixture of warm water and salt, since it since it dislocates bits of food from the tonsil craters.
3. Gargling with apple cider vinegar
The acidic content is even stronger when it comes to breaking down tonsils. You should make a DIY mixture, containing a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar and a cup of warm water for better dissolving. Use it after a meal.
4. Essential oils
Such as lemongrass and myrrh oil have excellent anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties, so they can be useful for cleaning tonsils as well. Just add few drops on your toothbrush and brush those stones away.
Eating or drinking yoghurt can be useful for tonsils, since it contains lactobacillus acidophilus and other beneficial probiotics, which can prevent the creation of tonsil stones. This is a more preventive approach, but you can use it to clean tonsils as well.
Chewing carrots can increase the saliva in the mouth, which is basically what’s needed to remove tonsil stones, because it is liquid and also contains beneficial acids.
7. Cotton swabs
Removing the tonsils with cotton swabs should only be done in front a mirror and only if you have a steady hand! Also, you should use a strong or even a flashlight to better spot the tonsil stones.
Poke the stones that you see, but very gently with your swab and press on the tonsil stone until you dislocate it. Then, gently pull it out of your mouth with the cotton. Don’t push too much, and don’t be scared because bleeding is most likely to happen, since this is an invasive method.
8. The use of a toothbrush
With the simple use of the backside of a toothbrush, try to carefully lift the tonsil tissue and spot the leftovers. Push them away and gargle with warm salt water for disinfection.
Only after a consultation with a doctor, and only if you have severe tonsil stones, you should use prescribed antibiotics, such as penicillin.
10. Laser removal
Laser treatment can also be done, only at the doctor’s office and after a consultation with him. However, this and the previous option should always come last, after you’ve wasted everything on this list and haven’t succeeded.
11. Doing a tonsillectomy
This is another medical approach to the problem and should be done in cases with severe tonsil stones. Tonsillectomy is a simple and effective procedure which is often used to remove severe and persistent tonsil stones. The procedure itself is relatively low-risk and also, the recovery period is short.