How to get rid of tonsil stones? Let’s be clear. The presence of white material on the tonsils does not always indicate plaque. If you do not have a fever and the white material is only visible at certain points of the tonsils then it is likely to be tonsil stones. Tonsil stone are made up of food deposits, bacteria and dead cells that form in the so-called tonsillar crypts, i.e. bags on the surface of the tonsils. Tonsillar crypts can also be very large and deep due to strong tonsillitis with plaques that help to expand them permanently. Therefore, a lot of material can settle inside the tonsillar crypts, which will produce tonsillitis of even very large dimensions. Although tonsillitis does not cause fever and malaise, it is accompanied by easily identifiable symptoms.
Symptoms of tonsils stones
-Presence of white solid material in the tonsillar crypts, visible to the naked eye if illuminating the tonsils with a torch;
-Discomfort to the tonsils during swallowing (if the tonsils are large);
What are Tonsilloliths?
The Tonsilloliths, or tonsil stones, are deposits of mainly calcific material, which are located in the tonsillar crypts of the palatine tonsils (most cases) and lingual tonsils.
What are the tonsillar crypts?
Tonsillar crypts, or more simply crypts, are more or less deep cavities of the lymphoid tissue that makes up the tonsils. Their purpose is to widen the contact surface for ingested food, so that the antibacterial and germicidal action carried out by the tonsils is more effective. To be precise, the task of fighting bacteria and germs that lurk in food is the responsibility of a mucous secretion, synthesized by the tonsillar tissue and rich in cells of the immune system.
The tonsillar crypts have an anatomy such that they are able to trap bacteria, germs of other kinds, dead cells of different nature, various debris, food and mucus residues. The entrapment of the aforementioned is followed by the intervention of the cells of the immune system, produced by the lymphoid tissue of the tonsils: these cellular elements attack everything that has accumulated in the crypts and eliminate it. The formation of tonsillolites occurs when what the tonsillar crypts trap undergoes a process of calcification: if calcified, the material that accumulates in the crypts is more difficult to eliminate, so it tends to remain at the site of formation.
The reason for the calcification process that characterises the formation of tonsil stone has always been a matter of debate in the medical community.
According to the most reliable medical hypotheses, a determining factor in the appearance of tonsillar stones would be the chronic inflammation of the tonsils, also known as chronic tonsillitis. By tonsillitis, doctors mean an inflammatory process usually affecting palatine tonsils and mostly of bacterial origin (even if there are cases of viral or fungal tonsillitis).
How to get rid of tonsil stones forever
The removal of visible tonsillar stones on the surface of the tonsils can be done by anyone, without the help of a doctor. That’s what you need:
-A torch to sufficiently illuminate the tonsils during the cleaning operation;
-A glass where the hydrogen peroxide is poured for gargling.
The cotton swab will be used to remove the stones from the tonsils, while the hydrogen peroxide will be useful both to moisten the cotton flakes and to rinse the tonsils, disinfecting them, once the operation of removing the tonsils has been carried out.
Here is how to proceed:
Wash your hands thoroughly; moisten the cotton swab by spraying hydrogen peroxide on the cotton; illuminate with a torch the tonsil from which you want to remove the tonsil stone; pull out your tongue and open your mouth as much as possible to allow easy access to the tonsils;
Apply pressure with the cotton fioc on the tonsil near the tonsillolite, thus facilitating its expulsion from the tonsillar crypts. It is important not to exaggerate the pressure of the tonsil with the cotton bud so as not to create wounds or bleeding; pour a little hydrogen peroxide into a glass, pure or dilute with a little water, and gargle the tonsils so that they are properly cleaned and disinfected after the removal of the stones. Once these operations have been carried out, within everyone’s reach, our tonsils should finally be free of tonsillitis. However, the formation of these stones in the tonsillar crypts is frequent, so at regular distances the cleaning operations previously explained should be carried out.
How to Prevent Tonsil stones
1. Brush your Teeth for at least two minutes after each meal
Scientific research suggests brushing your teeth at least twice a day, for two minutes. Our advice is to brush your teeth after every meal, but not at a very short distance. We suggest that you wait at least half an hour so that the saliva is deactivated and the cleaning operation can be more effective.
2. Replace old toothbrush every three months.
Scientific studies suggest replacing the brush at least every three months, however, the real discrimination is the weakening of the bristles. As soon as the bristles begin to wear out and become deformed, the brush loses its ability to effectively remove plaque and the bristles can no longer reach the most difficult points between the teeth.
3. Using fluoridated toothpaste
Not all toothpastes are the same. Experts recommend choosing toothpastes that contain fluoride, a substance that helps increase calcium and strengthens tooth enamel. In this way, fluoride helps to protect your teeth better and prevent annoying problems such as tooth decay.
4. Brushing your teeth correctly
Consistency is not everything without the right cleaning technique. For the side faces of the teeth, we recommend the Bass Technique with a toothbrush inclined by 45 degrees, moving the toothbrush from the gums to the edge of the teeth, with a rotating movement. For internal surfaces, however, it is recommended to use the brush from the shorter side, moving up and down vertically.
5. Dental floss
Dental floss is an essential tool for your oral hygiene in the same way as tooth brushing, toothpaste and mouthwash. Used correctly, before or after brushing, it removes food debris and excess plaque that lurks between teeth.
6. Rinse with mouthwash
Mouthwash is important for a complete oral hygiene because it allows to complete the cleaning of the tongue, the gingival line and those areas difficult to reach with a normal toothbrush. It is always advisable to seek advice from an expert who knows how to indicate the best product for your needs.
7. Carry out a check-up at least twice a year
Domestic oral hygiene is certainly an essential element for the care and protection of your teeth and smile. While paying attention to all the necessary elements, it is always a good idea to contact experts at least twice a year to have a thorough check on your dental hygiene.