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Frequently asked questions (FAQs) about tonsil stones

Frequently Asked Questions About Tonsil Stones

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  • One of the main symptoms of tonsil stones is bad breath. The stones are composed of various substances, such as food particles, bacteria, mucus, calcium and dead cells that combine to produce a large amount of sulfur, leading to an undesirable odor
  • Aside from gargling, there are other ways to remove tonsil stones. There are several home remedies available that you can try

Q. How do you get tonsil stones in the first place?

A: Tonsils have grooves on their surfaces, which can gather food, bacteria, dead cells and other particles. Over time, these substances become big enough to settle in the tonsil grooves and solidify into a hard mass.1

Q. Is coughing up tonsil stones possible?

A: It’s entirely possible that you can cough up tonsil stones. In fact, this is one of the ways that people discover they have these stones in their mouth.2

Q. How can you get tonsil stones out of your mouth?

A: There are different ways to dislodge tonsil stones. One of the most common methods is dissolving salt in warm water and then gargling the mixture in your mouth.3

Q. Do tonsil stones smell?

A: Yes, one of the main symptoms of tonsil stones is bad breath. The stones are composed of various substances, such as food particles, bacteria, mucus, calcium and dead cells that combine to produce a large amount of sulfur, leading to an undesirable odor.4

Q. Do tonsil stones go away on their own?

A: It’s possible that tonsil stones can go away on their own,5 however, it isn’t recommended that you wait for this to happen. Having tonsil stones can raise your risk of getting halitosis by 10 times, according to one study.6,7

Q. How can you extract tonsil stones?

A: Aside from gargling, there are other ways to remove tonsil stones. You may opt for coblation cryptolysis, for example, which makes use of an ionized saline layer to reduce the size of the tonsil grooves.8 If the stones recur and all other options have been exhausted, your doctor may decide to have your tonsils removed through a tonsillectomy.9 However, Medical News Today notes that this should be your last resort.10

Q. How can you remove tonsil stones at home?

A: There are some home remedies available that you can try, such as:

  • Water pressure — Using a low-pressure irrigator, you can blast the stones with water until they dislodge.11
  • Apple cider vinegar This contains acid, which can help break down the stones. If you want to try this method, dilute the vinegar in water first before consumption.12
  • Garlic This herb has antimicrobial properties, thanks to allicin,13 that can help eliminate the bacteria in the stones.14

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