Tonsil Rocks - Treatment and Prevent of Tonsilloliths
Tonsil rocks, otherwise known as tonsilloliths, are small, white or yellow colored pieces of hardened bacteria and particles that get lodged in an area of the tonsils known as the crypt. This small hole or slit in the tonsils can trap small pieces of food and other particles, causing the stones to form. They can cause bad breath, a sore throat, and a feeling as if something is stuck in the back of the throat, which causes you to cough.
Fortunately, there are some ways to prevent them from happening, or at least help them to reduce in size. Gargling in the morning and night with a combination of warm water and salt can help to keep them at bay. Try to avoid eating late at night as well, since the food you eat takes a while to go down the throat completely, and all particles can be washed down with water or another beverage. Another way to prevent tonsilloliths is to use a water pik, and aim it directly at the tonsils.
This can help to dislodge them and force them out, and you can simply cough them up or swallow them. Brushing your teeth regularly is another good way to help prevent tonsil rocks. By keeping your teeth clean, you’re preventing food particle buildup, which can make the tonsil rocks worse. Some people make an appointment with an ear, nose, and throat specialist who can scrape the tonsils gently and help remove the stones.
Tonsil rocks can be very unpleasant and smell like rotten eggs. With proper oral hygiene, they can be treated properly and hopefully eliminated from your life.