If you've ever had to deal with tonsil stones, then you know how annoying they can be. They leave a foul taste in your mouth and they smell even worse. On top of that, they often leave you feeling like something is stuck in the back of your throat. Although these little growths accumulate in the crypts of your tonsils, removing tonsil stones is easy when you follow a few simple steps.
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Things you need
- Small flashlight
- Cotton swab
- Warm water
- Oxygenating mouthwash
- Oral irrigator
- Lukewarm water
Moisten the cotton swab with water. Be sure it's not dripping wet.
Hold your mirror and small flashlight in the same hand in front of your face with your mouth wide open so you can see well into the back of your throat.
Sweep each tonsil crypt where you see or feel tonsil stones hiding. Be sure you don't push the stones further into your tonsil crypts. You can also gently poke the outer fold of the tonsil crypt to force out stones.
Rinse and gargle with an oxygenating mouthwash once you've successfully removed each stone seen or felt.
Fill the reservoir of your oral irrigator with lukewarm water.
Open your mouth wide and look into the mirror with a flashlight so you can locate any visible tonsil stones.
Turn on your oral irrigator and set to its lowest setting.
Irrigate your tonsil crypts with the water that pulsates from your oral irrigator. This should flush out the tonsil stones you saw earlier.
Rinse and gargle with an oxygenating mouthwash once you have satisfactorily removed each tonsil stone.
Tips and warnings
- Don't poke or sweep your tonsil crypts too hard. This may cause them to bleed. If this occurs, stop immediately and gargle with warm salt water.
- Don't go above your oral irrigator's low setting. Anything greater may cause your tonsils to bleed and become infected.