Have you had a tonsil stone problem before?

As the name implies, tonsil stones, also called tonsillitis, form in the tonsil. These little lumps of material appear as yellow or white pebbles lodged in the tonsil.

Though not harmful or painful, these stones cause bad breath.

This reason alone is enough for most people to want to have tonsil stones dislodged from the back of the throat. Asides from causing bad breath, tonsil stones are believed to cause sore throat.

So, how does one make tonsil stones fall out? This is the focus of our discussion.

About Tonsil Stone Removal

Removal of tonsil stones is one action you might want to take because it might result in unsuitable conditions.

Apart from bad breath and sore throat that can result from tonsil stones, these also have the potential to cause an infection known as tonsillitis.

Tonsillitis results in tonsils that are inflamed or red. You might also experience headaches or fever due to this condition. Removing tonsil stones is possible without the need to go for a surgical procedure.

However, if you don’t mind going for one, then it’s one way you can find quick relief.

Are there Symptoms that Point to Tonsil Stone’s Presence?

First, tonsil stones are debris and minerals accumulated or trapped in the tonsillar crypts. Here, trapped materials include fungi or bacteria, debris, and food.

These slowly harden or calcify, thus forming stones.

Now you’ll need to know the symptoms to remove these stones. You may experience throat infections that seem to defy antibiotic treatments.

Also, you may experience difficulty swallowing and may observe white patches on your tonsils.

Other likely symptoms include bad breath, spitting tiny stones (yellowish or white), cough, and a bad taste in your mouth.

More tonsil stone symptoms include the feeling or sensation of something stuck in your throat and a sore throat. In some cases, none of these symptoms may be noticed.

Making Tonsil Stones Fall Out

Sometimes, there may be no effort on your part to remove tonsil stones. These may fall out themselves without any intervention on your part.

This typically happens over time, and you may feel the stones dislodged before swallowing them. Sometimes, you may cough it out without knowing.

With that said, how do you set out to make tonsil stones fall out? You only need to apply several valuable tips.

These include coughing, using a low-pressure irrigator, using cotton swabs, gargling non-alcoholic mouthwash, using apple cider vinegar, and gargling a salt & water solution.

i. Coughing

There are claims that hard coughs have the desired effect of making tonsil stones fall out. While this may raise doubts in some quarters, there’s no harm in trying, as it’s a non-invasive way to fix the problem.

Plus, no harm is caused. While true, you may need to create favorable conditions to get desired results.

One such involves gargling salt water first. This is likely to have some form of impact in slightly dislodging the stones before coughing hard. It will help if you let out several coughs to have any luck with this process.

Gargling may be repeated several times, followed by more coughing.

ii. Using Low-Pressure Irrigator

The use of a low-pressure irrigator is another helpful strategy for the removal of tonsil stones.

As indicated above, the objective is to let the stone fall out. Low-pressure irrigators like water flossers will serve this purpose. Now you’ll need to execute the job correctly.

To do that, you’ll need to position yourself in front of a well-lit mirror.

Having correctly positioned yourself, aim the irrigator directly at the tonsil area. It’s important to state that this strategy isn’t comfortable and could cause a little choking, leading to coughs.

Repeating the process several times might have luck in dislodging the stones in the tonsil area.

iii. Cotton Swabs to the Rescue

Cotton swabs can also come in handy when dealing with tonsil stone problems. While this may prove helpful, we have to say it’s pretty risky as it could cause injury.

If removing tonsil stones for kids, this method, and the low-pressure irrigator, shouldn’t be used at all. It poses a lot of risks.

Before trying to dislodge tonsil stones using cotton swabs, have the tips dampened. The removal process should be slow and gentle. When removing it, move the cotton swab to sweep the tonsil area.

This may have to be repeated severally to get the desired effect.

iv. Gargle Non-Alcoholic Mouthwash

Non-alcoholic mouthwashes can serve the purpose of dislodging tonsil stones from your throat. You only need to gargle or swish the mouthwash around your mouth.

You’ll need to take time to do this to have any natural effect. Not only will it help make these stones fall out, but it will also kill mouth bacteria.

We mentioned earlier that bacteria contribute to the formation of tonsil stones. So, reducing this by using non-alcoholic mouthwash will go a long way toward addressing the problem.

v. Using Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar can also be a great ally when getting rid of tonsil stones.

Like the non-alcoholic mouthwash, you’ll need to gargle some apple cider vinegar. This will have to be repeated severally to have the desired effect.

Through the gargling process, these stones are dislodged and fall out when you spit the contents out. To make your mixture, you’ll need to add a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar to a cup of warm water.

vi. Gargle Salt & Water Solution

Another gargling technique can be done using a salt & water solution. You only need half a tablespoon of salt added to a cup of warm water and mixed.

Apart from helping to address your sore throat problem, this gargling process helps dislodge tonsil stones. Repeat severally and spit out the contents. With such action, tonsil stones are likely to fall out.

Have you found this article informative?

We’ve identified the different ways to deal with a tonsil stone problem. If you’ve tried these techniques with little to no result, you might want to contact a doctor for help.