Bad Breath? This could be due to Tonsil Stones! Learn how to Get rid of them!
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People with tonsil stones may not know what they are. Tonsils stones can become a home for bacteria and often have an unpleasant smell.
What are Tonsil stones?
Tonsil Stones are formed when debris such as food, dead cells, and other substances become trapped on the tonsils. The debris turns hard, yellowish forming tonsil stones. These aren't always easy to see and they can range from rice-sized to the size of a pea.
What Causes Tonsil Stones?
Tonsils are made up of crevices, pits and tunnels called tonsil crypts. Different types of debris such as dead cells and food can get trapped in these pockets and build up. Over some time, the debris hardens into a tonsil stone.
Our sinuses can also lead to the development of tonsil stones. Whenever too much mucus is produced due to sinus problems it can cause thick mucus where the bacteria can thrive in.
Some other causes:
-Poor dental hygiene
-large tonsils/inflamed tonsils
-chronic sinus issues
SYMPTOMS OF TONSIL STONES:
-White, Green or Yellow debris on the tonsil
Can Tonsil Stones Cause Bad Breath?
How to Get Rid of Bad Breath Due to Tonsil Stones
•Brush your teeth and tongue twice a day
•Rinse your mouth with mouthwash
•Drink water after meal to wash down food particles that may remain in the tonsils
How to Get Rid of them?
1. Cotton swab
If you don't mind reaching into the back of your mouth. try using a cotton swab and gently wipe tonsil stones off of the tonsils.
*Warning: There is a risk of gagging or injuring your tonsils, be careful
Tonsil stones can be dislodged with a few strong coughs. For added force, push the roof of your tongue up and forward like you're trying to spill out something inside your throat. Once they are dislodged, tonsil stones have a foul smell.
Gargling helps to break the phlegm that settles in the back of the throat. After brushing, make sure to gargle an oral mouthwash to wash away the tonsil stones off of your tonsils.
*Always seek medical advice first before attempting to remove these tonsil stones, you might injure your soft tissues.