How to Prevent Tonsilloliths From Coming Back
Here are some tips on how to prevent tonsil stones from coming back, without having to get surgery.
1. Drink plenty of water.
Perhaps the best way to prevent tonsil stones from coming back without surgery is keeping yourself hydrated. Drinking plenty of water flushes out food debris and organic particles that may attract bacteria-causing bad breath. An added bonus to water therapy? It flushes out toxins and cleanses the body.
2. Use your toothbrush and tongue scraper.
Don’t just brush your teeth; pay attention to your tongue, too! Many toothbrushes have a built-in tongue cleaner on the back, but you can gently scrape your tongue using a toothbrush. To thoroughly clean debris, stick out your tongue and use a tongue scraper. Make sure to reach as far back as you can to completely eliminate bacteria that may contribute to tonsil stone formation.
What’s another simple, inexpensive solution on how to prevent tonsil stones from coming back without surgery? Gargling! Make sure that the mouthwash is alcohol-and sugar-free, because the former can cause dryness and the latter can contribute to bacterial proliferation. A better and cheaper alternative to buying mouthwash is making your own, using warm saline solution. Just mix 1 part warm water and ¼ part salt. Gargle regularly especially before bedtime to wash away food debris and prevent build-up in the tonsils.
4. Be concerned about tonsillitis.
In a Brazilian study, 75 per cent of subjects with tonsillitis were also found to have halitosis (bad breath) and tonsil stones. Prevent tonsillitis by improving your resistance. Get enough rest, drink plenty of water, and load up on fruits and vegetables. Taking vitamins and minerals supplements may supply your body with what it’s missing.
5. Prevent dry mouth.
Dry mouth can be caused by dehydration, lack of stimulus, or medications. This can contribute to build up of food particles and bacteria in the tonsils. To prevent dry mouth, always heed tip no. 1; in addition, provide the needed stimulus to produce saliva by chewing sugar-free gum. Medications like pain-killers and those for hypertension and depression can cause dry mouth. Ask your doctor for a different medicine, or know your options so you can work around having dry mouth.
6. Practice good oral hygiene.
Toothpaste commercials had it right: brushing your teeth regularly will give you strong teeth, prevent cavities, and bacteria build-up. As a bonus, it also keeps tonsil stones at bay! To prevent those nasty tonsil stones, do a brush-floss-gargle combo before bedtime.
7. Watch what time you eat.
Reaching for that bag of chips at 12 in the morning? Think again! People who snack late usually just sleep right away, skipping gargling and brushing. Practice a regular eating habit so you won’t experience hunger pangs in unusual hours.
8. Watch what you eat.
Tonsil stones are not just food particles, mucus and foul-smelling bacteria; they’re made up of calcium, too! As the name implies, they become hard and solid because of the calcium deposited in the tonsils along with the debris. While there is no conclusive study suggesting limiting the intake of milk and dairy products to prevent tonsil stone formation, there’s no harm in heeding the advice and combining it with good oral hygiene.