If you’ve been following along, last week we discussed how to prevent tonsil stones from forming. If you missed that post, be sure to read it here. Unfortunately, we find that some of our patients will do all the right things, and still suffer from tonsil stones. If your tonsils aren’t giving you much trouble beyond tonsil stones, then you may be curious as to how you can remove tonsil stones at home. With that in mind, today we’ll discuss the best ways to get rid of halitosis for good by dislodging tonsil stones at home or with professional assistance.
Is Removing Tonsil Stones at Home a Thing?
You can certainly remove tonsil stones at home if you’d like, or you can have your Raleigh dentist assist. Either way, getting rid of tonsil stones can certainly help you overcome bad breath or halitosis. Here’s a few ways to remove your tonsil stones at home:
While cotton swabs were never intended to clean our your ears, they can be used to ease out tonsil stones. Simply press the tip of the cotton swap next to the tonsil stone and that should help dislodge it.
Gargle Salt Water
We actually mentioned using salt water in the previous article, but gargling salt water or even mouth wash can help dislodge a tonsil stone as well as prevent future occurrences.
Use a Tonsil Stone Extractor
If you want to get fancy, you can use a specialized tonsil stone extractor. These are typically plastic or metal devices with a handles and an end shaped kinda like a donut. You are to apply pressure evenly around the tonsillith (tonsil stone) with the donut-shaped end to ease the stone out of place.
Wait it out
Or, you can just wait it out to see if the tonsil stones work their way out on their own. Most of the time, they require no assistance and will become dislodged by simply eating or drinking.
When to Call for Professional Tonsil Stones Removal
As we’ve already mentioned, it’s not always necessary to remove your tonsil stones as they often become dislodged in their own time. However, if they’ve giving you trouble, you’ve tried on your own, or you just would feel more comfortable if a professional assisted, you can always schedule an appointment with your Raleigh dentist.
Your Raleigh dentist has a few ways she can remove tonsil stones: professional air or water syringe, or using a simple tongue depressor.
If she uses an air or water syringe, she will spray a stream of water on or around your tonsil stones to dislodge them. A tongue depressor is often preferred if you have a larger tonsil stone. For these larger stones, your Raleigh dentist will apply pressure next to the tonssillith with the tongue depressor to dislodge the stone.
If you have recurring tonsil stones that cause tonsil inflammation, your Raleigh dentist may also prescribe a round of antibiotics to kill bacteria in your tonsils. Not only do the antibiotics reduce tonsil inflammation, but they also tend to keep tonsil stones at bay. If tonsil stones continues to be a problem, she may also suggest that you speak with an ENT to discuss tonsil removal.
If you’ve tried all of the above, and your bad breath continues despite your best efforts, it may be time to make an appointment with your doctor. Your doctor may need to check you out to see what else is going on beyond tonsil stones. Furthermore, if it’s been more than six months since you’ve seen the dentist, call Dr. Katherine E. Garrett and schedule your appointment. New patients are always welcome, and we are proud to provide dental care for your entire family. Don’t wait until you have a dental emergency, call our office today!