How To Prevent Tonsil Stones

At Premier Family Dental in Gilbert, we know there are a lot of people who suffer from tonsil stones. What are these malicious white rocks in the back of your throat? Well, have you ever brushed your teeth to what you would consider perfection and even used mouthwash, but somehow your breath is still funky? Well, these stones in the back of your throat are the culprit. They contain large amounts of bacteria and are the leading cause of bad breath.

You get tonsil stones when deposits of bacteria sit inside your tonsils for a long time. It turns into this crystalized white or yellow rock. There is a chance you have actually accidentally bitten one. Have you ever had something randomly appear in your mouth? You think it is leftover food so you chew on it. Then you are met with this absolutely horrendous taste in your mouth. Nine times out of ten that was a tonsil stone. I don’t recommend this but if you cut one open and smell. You will see why it causes such horrible breath.

Luckily Premier Family Dental has a course of action to take to actually prevent tonsil stones from showing up in the first place. We recommend that every morning and night you use mouthwash. Also try to avoid foods like popcorn, sesame seeds, and spinach. These have a high chance of leaving food particles stuck in your tonsils. Thus eventually forming tonsil stones. 

How To Removes Tonsil Stones 

Now, what if the unfortunate happens? Or maybe you already have been dealing with these rocks filled with noxious gas. No matter how hard and precise you have been brushing your teeth, it seems like your breath just never gets better. You scrub your tongue relentlessly to no avail. The tonsil stones are the reason your breath still continues to be funky. There are many ways to go about removing them and returning your breath back to normal. 

We recommend our Premier patients in Gilbert your first course of action is to grab a Q-tip and carefully and precisely remove the tonsil stones. You can do this by taking the Q-tip and applying pressure to the area around the tonsil stone to pop them right out. If this doesn’t work then you should try to dig them out. But do this very carefully because you don’t want your tonsils to start bleeding. This can be very tedious especially if you have a bad gag reflex.

Another great way you can try to remove them is you start using mouthwash in the morning and right after you eat before bed. This way any food particles stuck in there loosen up or just fall right out. Another thing you can do is gargle with some warm salt water. This is a great way to make loose tonsil stones fall right out of your tonsils and of course, you just spit them into the sink. You suggest grabbing some luke warm water and add enough salt that it is useful but not super unpleasant to have in your mouth. Then gargle to try to knock the bacteria out. You can do this as many times as you want but we recommend three times.

You can also implement the use of a water pick. You can mix water and mouthwash into the container and flush out your tonsil stones that way. This method is a little easier and also shouldn’t affect your gag reflex as bad as the q-tip might. It is also good for knocking out loose bacteria and food particles that may be hidden inside your tonsils.

If you do all these methods and have finally gotten all those tonsil stones out. To make sure they don’t come back we recommend doing the previous steps to prevent them. No one likes having bad breath and here at Premier Family Dental we sympathize with you and understand it can really knock down your self-esteem.

If you have any questions or concerns we would love to hear from you. Our dental hygienists at Premier Family Dental are open to calls and we can advise you on what steps to take. Don’t be afraid to ask any other dental hygiene-related questions. We always love to help because you are our number one priority!

How To Prevent Tonsil Stones
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How To Prevent Tonsil Stones
You get tonsil stones when deposits of bacteria sit inside your tonsils for a long time. It turns into this crystalized white or yellow rock. There is a chance you have actually accidentally bitten one.
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Dr. Nguyen is committed to providing high-quality dentistry using state-of-the-art equipment to help you achieve improved oral health and the beautiful smile you deserve.

Dr. Nguyen has served on the Virginia Board of Dentistry and has many achievements such as: Invisalign Premier and Teen Provider, Pre-Fellow with Academy of General Dentistry, Graduate of Aesthetic Continuum, Engel Institute for Dental Implant Training, WaveOne Endodontic Training, HD President’s Club.

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