Removing your tonsil stones is tough. You need to reach all the way to the back of your throat and for whatever reason the little b*****ds always seem reluctant to get out. And that’s only for the ones that you can see, in most cases they’re hiding behind your tonsils.
If you’ve ever had to deal with them then you must be wishing for a better way to do this.
Well I’m glad to tell you that there is, five in fact!
In this post I’m going to outline five different tools that you can take advantage of to make removing your tonsil stones so much easier.
Okay so this isn’t necessarily a tool but I’m going to include it anyway because of how helpful it can be. It’s also a common household item so I’d imagine most of you will be able to try it out.
With a q-tip you won’t have to reach as far into the back of your throat, so you’re less likely to gag, and the stones can stick to it making them somewhat easier to remove.
It may not be the most effective tool in this list but it sure is the most convenient.
Just remember to wet the end before use, this way the q-tip won’t feel as unnatural against your gums and tonsils.
Lighted Medical Pik
If you struggle seeing all the way to the back of your throat then this tool will come really in handy. It’s basically a little stick with a light at the end.
Now even though that sounds really simple, don’t let that distract you from how effective it is. Being able to see what you’re doing much more clearly helps a lot more than you’d think. You’ll likely half the time you usually spend removing the stones with this tool.
Also, if you don’t like the feeling on the q-tip on your gums (even after being wetted) then this is a great alternative. Of course, they’ll be a little bit more expensive, but not by much and they’re well worth it.
Dental Irrigation Syringe
Personally, this is my favourite out of the five methods. It’s probably the most effective and is actually cheaper than the lighted pik (I recommend eBay).
They have a little bent tip on the end which means you can get under and around your tonsils. If your tonsils/throat feels uncomfortable then it’s likely that it’s the stones causing the problem, which is why this tool is so helpful.
You should use a mixture of clean water and hydrogen peroxide for the best results as hydrogen peroxide has antibacterial properties. But if you don’t have any then you can use the suction of the syringe to suck up the stones, However you will need to be able to see them for this to work.
Or you could just use normal water, it’s up to you.
If you have sensitive gums/tonsils (like me) then this method is best for you.
Again, this isn’t really a tool but I’m including it anyway because of its effectiveness.
You could just use a normal toothbrush but I find the vibrations from an electrical one help shake the stones out of place. It can also breaks up the stones as well, provided they’ve not been sitting there too long.
Given the amount of bacteria found in your tonsils, make sure you designate a certain toothbrush for the tonsils stones and clean it thoroughly before and after use. You don’t want to be spreading the tonsil bacteria all over your mouth after all, just think of the resultant problems you could cause!
After dealing with the stones, clean out your mouth with some clean water.
You have probably heard of this before and if so then you’ll know that it’s meant for cleaning out your gums and teeth. Hence the name “flosser”.
But it can be very effective at removing your tonsil stones as well, especially the ones that are especially reluctant to get out. It has a very narrow neck so you can reach all the way to your tonsils without too much bother.
If you don’t know then it’s basically a machine that produces a small pressurised stream of water. A little like those a dentist would use for a deep tooth clean, but not as strong.
Although in saying that, it can still be quite strong so make sure you test it out before use.
If you have sensitive gums then I would refrain from using it. You’ll probably find it too uncomfortable.
Now that you know of these methods I hope removing your tonsil stones won’t be the hassle it once was!
However remember that these tools won’t get rid of your tonsil stones forever . In order to do that you need to use them in addition to good dental health practices, such as brushing and flossing your teeth 3-4 times per day.
That way you’ll keep the bacteria activity at bay which should prevent the stones regrowth.