Tonsil Stones Treatment

Tonsil Stones Treatment

Tonsil stones, also known as tonsilloliths, are fairly common in adults. Tonsil stones are caused by the accumulation of bacteria and debris that become lodged in tonsils, particularly in the crypts or crevices of the tonsils. This usually leads to bad breath. I’ve had so many questions about tonsil stones treatment lately, I felt that it was worth digging into.
Dr. Murray Grossman has invented an amazing little machine to assist in the removal of tonsil stones. He calls it the Hydro Pulse

The composition of these tonsilloliths is a mix of calcium, debris and bacteria. High sulfur content is probably the cause of the associated bad breath, or halitosis. Tonsil stones are not always readily apparent. Many people that suffer from bad breath don’t realize that the source of their bad breath might be tonsil stones. They are not always visible, since they become logged in crypts within the tonsils. Sadly, many of the people around tonsil stone sufferers are more aware of the problem than the affected individual.


tonsil stones treatment

tonsil stones treatment

Researching the subject on the internet will likely yield several pages of home remedies for tonsil stones treatment. You can even find videos of individuals picking them out of their throats with foreign objects. Reliable information about the causes, symptoms, and treatments is like tip-toeing through a neighborhood park where people come form miles away to walk their dogs. No one seems to be cleaning up after these information dogs. The level of tonsil stones treatment  spam is overwhelming.

I’ve consulted with Otolaryngologists and researched reputable sites like the Journal Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery. Shoving things down your throat, squeezing your tonsils and expensive gadgets were not recommended tonsil stones treatment. Tonsil stones can go away on their own in many cases. Good oral hygiene seems to be the preferred approach to minimizing or eliminating tonsilloliths. Gargling with salt water a few times per day can go a long way to removing and preventing the tonsil stones.

Recurrent tonsillitis may also increase the risk of tonsil stones. A study in the British Dental Journal found that in all, 75 patients that had tonsillitis had tonsil stones. The question of cause or effect comes into question. Do these bouts of tonsillitis make people more susceptible to the stones? Do these stones make tonsils more vulnerable to inflammation and infection of the tonsils? It’s the old chicken or the egg question. I would suggest that, in many cases, both tonsil stones and tonsillitis are a factor of the anatomy of the tonsils. Large tonsils with many crevices or crypts are simply more apt to become infected by a number of bacterial, viral, and or organic invaders. While good oral hygiene may reduce these problems, sometimes tonsil stones treatment is necessary. Obviously a throat without tonsils is less likely to succumb to tonsil stones or tonsillitis. Also obvious is the fact that surgery is more invasive, expensive, and carries more risks. Other methods of combating tonsil stones are usually recommended as a first line tonsil stones treatment.

If you think that you have tonsilloliths, try gargling with warm salt water three times per day. If this doesn’t help see your doctor or, better yet, an Otolaryngologist. Hope this helps. Take care, -Greg

25 thoughts on “Tonsil Stones Treatment”

  1. I have also had these for many yrs with a lot of pain. My question is: I seem to get choked easily and often, has anyone else had this problem?

  2. I’m afraid to say, that i had my tonsils out as a kid, I’m now an adult and i get tonsil stones- so i dont think a tonsillectomy can guarantee that you will be rid of them! Even though i have no tonsils, i still seem to have litte holes where the tonsils should be, and the tonsil stones form there.


  4. Everyone seems to be asking in this section whether they should have a tonsillectomy. My advice is no. After years of bad breath and tonsillitis I just had mine out (I am 8 days post op) It was the worst experience of my life. I had 2 kids without and epidural so I can take pain, but this is a whole nother level of pain. In the last 36 hours Iv only been able to get 11 bites of cream of wheat down. The pain is constant and eating is like swallowing broken glass then pouring on acid. Im nauseas, exhausted, starving and so weak! Many people have lasting ear pain or taste problems. I was a healthy 38 year old who ate well and worked out regularly. I would not recommend this for anyone that is not very strong and in perfect health. Maybe Ill feel differently after I have healed and no longer have those nasty stones but from where Im sitting now it was a terrible ordeal. If you do decide to go ahead you will need lots of help if you have kids and need to plan minimum 10 days off work. 14 if you want to wait till your not still weak and tired and in pain. I wish I had known how bad it was going to be!

  5. I’m a 26yr old female who has been suffering from tonsil stones for a large portion of my life. Lately they are getting more frequent and are creating tons of anxiety and are even impacting my relationship with my partner (as if relationships aren’t already tough enough!). I finally went to an ENT and am getting my tonsils removed. I’m very nervous about it, but I’m so happy to hear that it is worth the few weeks of pain!! Thanks so much for your positive post!

  6. I just moved from Atlanta, where I left behind an excellent job. I haven’t been able to find one for the past four months, therefore I have no insurance. My tonsil stones have become overwhelming. I’m taking out huge stones every day. They make my tonsils so sore and cause bad breath all the time. I constantly keep a mint in my mouth. I’m 24 and scared to have them out as an adult. I’m also afraid of the cost. Any suggestions?

  7. I posted in one of the other tonsil forums that I learned as a child that I could use the tip of my tongue to remove the tonsil stones. It took a bit of work and practice to be able to do it, but I never gave up and it paid off. My very enlarged angry tonsils shrank down to normal size after several years of periodically removing the stones! I only get the stones once in a while now as an adult, and just keep pushing them out with my tongue to remove them. That way I don’t have to use my fingers. This is awesome and it really works! But again, you have to practice to get your tongue back there.

  8. I used to get tonsil stones. They absolutely stunk and would fall out an random times of the day. I got them as I had tonsillitis years ago and it scarred my tonsils. I’m on day 3 and although it’s uncomfortable and looks like something out of predator back there… It’s all worth it. No more smelly breath! No more tonsil stones!!! 🙂

  9. I’m doing well, thanks for asking. I took someone’s advice on here and stopped eating late at night so that really helped. I probably started getting tonsil stones when I was 5 years old and almost drowned in a canal of irrigation water. That started my first bout of tonsillitis and have had problems ever since. I don’t have health insurance so having them removed is not an option right now so I am just looking for more ways to better manage them.

    Take care, thanks and have a great day

  10. I just had my tonsils removed on July 2nd for tonsil stones, my tonsils were constantly swollen with them and quite painful I am looking forward to being free of these smelly pain inducing stones. I would say my current pain to be worth it.

  11. Claude, thank you for your feed back. I have just realized that I have tonsil stones and am headed for the doctor. Your info will help me decide how to proceed. I was wondering if you had a similar experience to mine. My right tonsil has been sore and bleeding and I will really tired all the time. Then I found the stones and looked on line to find out about the stones. I don’t want to have surgery but if you feel so much better then maybe I should do this too. Thank you!

  12. I suffered terribly with tonsil stones. I had maybe 8-10 a day. each time I removed them they were there even if I took them out at night by the following morning they were back. At first I didn’t know what they were because I would see one then it would be gone, I thought they were a sore or something. Gradually the crypts got bigger and bigger to the stage where I couldn’t see the stones until I lifted flap and there they all were. The taste in my mouth gave it away if they were there anyway 4 days ago I had surgery. Right now I am wondering what on earth have I done BUT i couldn’t cope with taking these things out everyday, I have been doing it for 4 years! So I hope this is all worth it. At the moment I am just trying to survive each minute. I hope I can look back here soon and have good news. This page is very helpful Thank you

  13. Hi I’ve just discovered I have tonsil stones I squeezed my tonsil and some really small milky things came out that stink. I’ve suffered from bad breath for years could this be the cause?? I’ve exhausted every other option ??…

  14. Hi I’ve just discovered I have tonsil stones I squeezed my tonsil and some really small milky things came out that stink. I’ve suffered from bad breath for years could this be the cause?? I’ve exhausted every other option ??

  15. I’m having my tonsillectomy on the 20th because of years of trouble with tonsil stones. I sure hope it’s worth it. I’m terrified!

  16. I also had tonsil stones and just got my tonsils taken out. They were getting worse over the past year or so and the only solution is getting them taken out. Even though I didn’t have any visible at the time of my surgery my ENT said that there were a lot when he took my tonsils out. I was told that I might have more energy after my recovery since the tonsil stones are basically toxins trapped in your body. We’ll see.

  17. I had these nasty suckers, the only remedy I found was to have my tonsils taken out. I had my surgery 6 months ago and I can say that it was, without doubt, the best thing I could have ever done. It’s very nice not having to deal with those disgusting things anymore. Yes, the surgery was not a pleasant experience, but those couple of weeks of discomfort were certainly worth it.

    Good luck to everyone still suffering with them.

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