Tonsil stones stink to the point where other people will notice. They can make swallowing complicated, and they can cause you some severe pain and discomfort. Overall, they’re pretty disgusting things to have sitting at the back of your throat which makes it easy to understand why people opt to remove them – which is no easy feat I may add! So given how disgusting and annoying they are, I think you’ll agree with me that tonsil stones prevention is the best.
Now as you might not expect, this is much easier to do than actually removing tonsils stones. It just may take some effort to make it into a daily habit.
There are various things you can do, but some work better than others. Below I’ve listed and explained some of what I think are best ways to prevent tonsil stones from appearing.
Also, they’re all natural methods so you don’t need to worry about any chemical ingredients that you might be putting into your body.
Apple Cider Vinegar
This method is similar to the salt water, but it’s a little more powerful – and could be a little easier to put up with taste wise.
Thanks to its polyphenol and probiotic content, ACV (apple cider vinegar) has been known to have antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties which make it great for preventing tonsil stones – and aiding throat pains if you already suffer from them.
To learn more about its health benefits, and not just those associated with oral health, check out this article on the Dr. Axe website. Also, note that excessive use of apple cider vinegar causes some side effects. The bottom line is to use it properly.
It will attack the harmful bacteria and fungi (a common theme amongst most of these methods) which as you have seen above will prevent the growth of your tonsil stones. ACV can also dissolve the stones if you already have traces of them in your tonsils.
I would do this at least once daily (minimum) but to ensure prevention, you can do it two or even three times if you want.
Salt Water Gargle
Gargling salt water is probably one of the most popular methods around, and if you’ve already spent time researching, then you’ve likely come across it.
The salt water gargle has a couple of benefits, but the main one is fighting off any harmful bacteria and fungi in your mouth – the other being the act of gargling, shaking the stones out of place.
Also, you’re better off using this than a regular alcohol mouthwash you’d find in a supermarket. In most cases, they would be okay to use, but they have attributed to causing some health problems such as drying out inflamed layers of gum tissue.
For more in-depth information about non-alcoholic mouthwashes being a better choice over more common harmful bacteria are allowed to thrive in and around your mouth/tonsils, then you can pretty much guarantee developing tonsil stones. They feed on the mucus, food particles and dead cells that gather within the nooks and crannies of your tonsils, and anything they leave behind will be left to calcify to varying degrees and size – which are tonsil stones.
You might not be aware of this, but it showed that your diet could contribute to the formation of tonsil stones. Therefore, there are things that you should and shouldn’t be eating.
Things You Should Consume
Onions have antibacterial properties similar to that of ACV, as well as antithrombotic, antiplatelet and anti-asthmatic according to this study. This means they can help you fight off any harmful bacteria circulating your mouth that are likely to cause infection.
So try to add them into your diet and if you want the best results, eat them daily.
With antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal and antioxidant properties, garlic is not only a great addition to anyone’s daily diet, but it is also helpful in fighting against the development of tonsil stones. (Check out this article on the Phamatutor website for more information on garlic’s benefits)
By chewing on raw garlic regularly (a few times a day if the problem is severe) you’ll be able to reduce the fungal and bacteria content in your mouth making it less likely for tonsil stones to grow.
It’ll also help mask the smell of the tonsil stones if you already have them, however, I wouldn’t chew on one before a night out or dinner!
Both of these are naturally high in vitamin C which most people are often deficient in, which can lead to many gum problems other than tonsil stones. So by consuming one of these on a regular basis, you’ll be improving your immune system – as well as aiding some other ailments you might be having trouble with, such as ulcers.
If you want to learn more about lemon/limes many other health benefits, then check out this study.
I would add about one tablespoon to 8 ounces of cold, clean water and drink this slowly. You need to make sure the drink reaches your tonsils for full effect.
This can be done every morning and is a great way to start the day. Also, lemon water before bed is the secret to help you sleep better.
Apples don’t so much fight off harmful bacteria like those above but will help you improve your oral health. They’re naturally high in acidity which will help clean your teeth.
Also, the way you chew them mimics brushing your teeth which can help remove already developed tonsils stones.
Things You Shouldn’t Consume
As you probably know, alcohol dehydrates the body and will make your mouth dry up. This is very bad regarding tonsil stones prevention.
When your mouth dries up, your saliva content reduces which gives bad bacteria and fungi the freedom to thrive in your mouth and do what they want and cause infection. Therefore, you need to limit your alcohol intake.
Smoking causes the same problem as alcohol, drying out your mouth and reduction in saliva. Therefore, tonsil stones are more likely to develop.
Eating junk food can be anything from takeaways, potato chips, sweets or chocolate. None of these are high in vitamins or nutrients and only damage your health.
This, of course, will have a detrimental effect on your oral hygiene which as I mentioned above, can promote the growth of tonsil stones.
If you’re regularly consuming unhealthy food, then start off slowly by replacing some of your worst eating habits with some good ones I mentioned above.
I know I kind of already talked about this but I wanted to make the importance of this as transparent as possible.
Ensuring that you’re correctly "hydrated" is essential to preventing the growth of tonsil stones. You need your saliva levels to be high enough so it can control unhealthy bacteria and fungi sitting in the pockets of your gums and tonsils.
Also, the act of drinking water can clean out your throat, teeth, and mouth as well.
To make sure you’re adequately hydrated, you should be drinking about 13 glasses a day for men and 9 glasses a day for women. You should use the fruit infuser water bottle to help you get the recommended amount of water every day.
Maintaining Good Oral Hygiene
I thought I would finish off with the most critical aspect of preventing tonsil stones – maintaining a good standard of oral hygiene. It is critical if you want to keep your mouth free of food debris, harmful bacteria, dead cells, and mucus.
As tonsil stones are caused by the build-up and accumulation of all of these and that you regularly refill the pockets in your tonsils and gums about every 3 hours daily, you need to clean out everything regularly.
This means brushing and flossing at least three times per day. Preferably four times with three of those being after each meal and one before bed, this is of course up to you and how thorough you want to be.
You should additionally use natural mouthwash like salt water or ACV to make prevention even more probable. They’re excellent at removing mucus, food particles and dead cells from the crevices in your tonsils so make sure you take advantage of them.
If you want to learn more about the specifics of how you can maintain good oral hygiene, then check out this article. It goes through things such as frequency of brushing, the right toothpaste to use, flossing and much more so I would check it out (and bookmark it as well!).
Conclusion About Tonsil Stones Prevention Home Remedies
So there you go, some great natural ways to ensure that you never have to deal with tonsil stones ever again (or at all). I hope you take advantage of these tips as they’ll save you a great deal of stress that comes with their growth and embedment.
If you found any of my tips particularly useful or if you have any more methods you’d like to share, then please leave them below in the comment section!
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