Most often, tonsil stones do not cause any major health issue if left untreated. The major issue that comes with tonsil stones is the constant bad breath that may cause a few embarrassing moments in public. For those who are keen on having them removed, there are five basic ways to remove them naturally without having to go to hospital for surgery or other medical intervention.
Tongue thrashing and swallowing exercises
You can easily remove tonsil stones without any special equipment from the comfort of your home. Because they are normally lodged in crevices within the structure of the tonsil tissue, muscle contractions around the neck area may dislodge small tonsil stones. These exercises can be done by simulating hard swallowing, almost as if you are swallowing a lumpy substance. This exercise can be accompanied by thrashing the tongue and sticking it around the area of the tonsils. Thrashing with the tongue can help remove any tonsil stone that has been dislodged by the swallowing movement. When repeated severally throughout the day, these exercises can be effective in removing tonsil stones.
Using suction pressure
Another natural way to get rid of tonsil stones is by applying suction pressure inside the mouth to force out the tonsil stones in the tonsil. This can be simply done by sucking on a lollipop that creates pressure in the mouth and sucks out the tonsil stone. You can also use a clean plastic medicine dropper to remove tonsil stones. However, this requires additional tools like a mirror and a torch in order for it to work properly. While pinched, the medicine dropper is inserted as close as possible to the tonsil stone then released as soon as it makes contact. The tonsil stone will be dislodged and sucked into the tube if done properly. This procedure is repeated for all tonsil stones that are visible. This procedure can also be applied to curing tinnitus.
Using a finger or an object to nudge the tonsil stones
Removing the tonsil stone with your finger is also another simple yet effective way of removing a tonsil stone. As long as you do not have a strong gag reflex, removing the tonsil stone with your finger is as easy as inserting your finger and gently nudging the tonsil from the underside. Alternatively, you could also use a wet cotton swab that you can insert with the help of a bright light source. Like the finger, the cotton swab should be inserted at the bottom of the tonsil and used to gently nudge it until the tonsil stone pops out.
A soft-bristled toothbrush can also be used effectively to remove a tonsil stone. Here, the soft bristles of the toothbrush can be used to gently massage the tonsil until any tonsil stones dislodge. An electric toothbrush is always better because once you place the smoother backside of the toothbrush on the tonsil, the vibrations will usually do the work of dislodging any tonsil stones.
Gargling and drinking fluids
Gargling has been shown to be a very effective exercise for removal of tonsil stones and as a sanitizer, depending on the formulation in the gargling fluid. A mixture of 3 tablespoons of lemon juice in a cup of salty water with Aloe Vera will help to remove the tonsil stones and protect the tonsils from infection. This mixture is gargled for two minutes a day for maximum results. Alternatively, one can also use extra virgin oil separately to reduce inflammation and discomfort caused by tonsil stones. When gargled three times daily, they can reduce the discomfort of tonsil stones before you remove them. Other substances that can be mixed with the gargling mixture include garlic, which has an antibiotic effect, and apple cider vinegar.
Flushing with a jet of water
Removing a tonsil stone can also be done by simply spraying a pressurized stream of water on the tonsil. This can be done by using a clean oral irrigator to spray jets of water onto the tonsil. When using devices such as an irrigator or a water flosser to remove a tonsil stone, it is important to make sure to use the lowest setting for the lowest force to prevent injury and aggravation of the tonsil tissue.
In addition to flushing, gaggling with pure salty water will also help in relieving the discomfort of a tonsil stone while sanitizing the area to prevent infections. It is also important to remember that while natural methods of removing tonsil stones are easy to do, one should be careful not to injure the tonsil while trying to dislodge the tonsil stone. When all natural methods fail, a visit to the ENT should follow to discuss other medical options.