3 Ways To Remove Tonsil Stones From Throat

Those irritating, little white bumps that form on your tonsils are called tonsil stones and occur when food, bacteria or other debris get caught in the crevices on the surface of the tonsils. This debris calcifies which is what the little white bumps basically are.

Fortunately, getting rid of these tonsil stones is relatively easy. It is very rare for one to grow too large or become too difficult to dislodge or remove using one of the following 3 techniques:

1. Q-tip Or Cotton Swab

This techniques is not for everyone especially those who have a sensitive gag reflex. However, it is very effective at removing the stones. Simply moisten the Q-tip or cotton swab and very gently wipe the surface of the tonsils. The stones should easily come away on the swab or Q-tip.

The key is to be very gentle when using this method. The surface of the tonsils is very delicate and prone to infection and can be damaged easily. Rather repeat the removal process a few times than try to dislodge a tonsil stone by force. Alternatively, use one of the other techniques that are far more gentle on the tonsils.

Don’t be alarmed if a foul odour accompanies the tonsil stones. This is normal and can be the cause of bad breath. It is recommended to use a saltwater solution or disinfectant mouthwash to moisten the swab. This will prevent the tonsils from becoming infected.

2. Gargle

Gargling should dislodge tonsil stones quite effectively. It is recommended to use a warm saltwater solution to remove the stones effectively and disinfect the area. A teaspoon of salt dissolved in a glass of warm water should be sufficient. It may be necessary to repeat the process a few times in order for it to be effective. Gargling a few times a day may be of greater effect.

Remember to spit out the gargle as it contains the foul smelling stones. An antibacterial mouthwash can also be effective. However, if either of these solutions are not working, talk to a pharmacist about the best options.

3. Coughing

A good, strong cough should quite effectively dislodge tonsil stones. For greater force, push the tongue up against the palette of the mouth and backwards into the throat while coughing. This will allow the tongue to rub against the tonsils to help dislodge those nasty little granules. Once again, it is important to spit out whatever has been coughed up.

It is advisable to gargle with saltwater or a disinfectant after dislodging the stones to sanitise the area and prevent the tonsils from becoming infected.


Now that you’ve read through this article, you know how to get rid of tonsil stones in throat so they shouldn’t cause you anymore problems.

However, if none of these methods work the it’s probably time to see a doctor. A doctor may remove the stones manually or provide medication in order to help alleviate the problem.

In cases where the tonsils stones are accompanied by severe infection or tonsillitis, a doctor may recommend a tonsillectomy or removal of the tonsils. While tonsil stones aren’t always caused by infection, or vice versa, they can often be present together.

What You Need To Know About Oral Infections

While most people know the signs of skin infections, such as swelling and pus buildup, fewer folks understand oral infections, such as gingivitis, cold sores and tonsilloliths. If you are among them, it is time to learn more about your mouth and how to properly care for it. Otherwise, you could end up causing yourself a wide range of undesirable health problems.

How Are Oral Infection Caused?

Infections are generally caused by bacterial and viral colonies, no matter where it is. When these microscopic organisms set up home in your mouth, you need to take steps to squash them quickly. Not only can infections harm your teeth and gums, the other tissues in your mouth are also subject to painful damage if the situation is left untreated. Your tongue, palate, lips and inner cheeks can become swollen and painful to the touch.

Your mouth naturally has bacteria, which is not necessarily going to create painful sores. However, excessive amounts can cause infections. Though some infections clear up on their own, others require treatment to go away.

Additionally, there are some problems that need ongoing treatment. For example, if corrective action is not properly taken then tonsil stones must be regularly removed. Which can become very frustrating over time.

Transmitting From Person to Person

Most oral infections aren’t transmitted from one person to another because the bacteria are already present in everyone’s mouth. However, herpangina and herpes labialis can be transmitted through saliva and nasal fluid. Also important to note is that kissing someone with a lot of bacteria in their mouth will increase the amount in your own. This is just one of the many reasons that a good oral hygiene practice should be a regular part of your day.


More than half of the people in the country have gingivitis, which is simply gum disease. While there are various types of bacteria that can contribute to gingivitis, the end result is essentially the same: infection. When the bacterial colonies settle into the gums, particularly in between and below the tooth line, they begin to emit toxins. The tissues become inflamed in response. Sensitive and bleeding gums are both indicators that you might suffer from gingivitis.

Periodontal disease is the next stage if gingivitis is left untreated. The infection spreads further down, where it can cause further problems. Not only can it damage the tissues surrounding the unseen parts of your teeth, periodontal disease creates damage to your jawbones as well.

Cold Sores

Cold sores, which are sometimes called fever blisters, are caused by the herpes simplex virus type 1. This contagious disease infects the majority of people in the country today, including countless folks who haven’t been officially diagnosed with it. Though it can be controlled with medication and proper lifestyle habits, the virus will never go away. The painful oral blisters can appear anywhere in or around the mouth, and take a week or two to go away.


Thrush is a condition caused by excessive amounts of the fungus candida. Very similar to yeast, the organism thrives in warm, wet areas like the mouth. Babies sometimes contract the condition during childbirth if the mother has high levels of the bacteria in her vaginal canal. Disorders of the immune system can increase susceptibility of infection. It can cause painful cracks and sores in the mouth and lips.


Gingivostomatitis is also caused by the herpes simplex virus type 1, which should not be confused with herpes simplex virus type 2 indicated in genital herpes. It is also accompanied by fever, swelling and lesions in the mouth. An ulcer is left when the blister pops, which can make it painful to eat or touch in any way.

Hand, foot and mouth disease

Hand, foot and mouth disease is most frequently diagnosed in younger children. The first signs are similar to the common cold and include a sore throat and fever. Unlike the other oral infections listed here, this one causes breakouts on other parts of the body as well. Sores usually appear on the buttocks, palms and soles, hence the name.

Tonsil Stones

Tonsilliths aren’t as common as other oral infections but are still very troubling. They are small collections of calcified food particles, dead cells and other debris that it within the crypts of the tonsils. They are caused from a lack of good oral hygiene and can make it difficult to swallow.

There are many solutions for permanently getting rid of tonsil stones but the best thing you can do is maintain good oral health.


These are some of the most common oral infections that you need to know about. Take good care of your mouth in order to minimize your risk of these painful conditions. Have your teeth cleaned twice a year, and have any necessary work done as quickly as possible to reduce spread. Also, care for your teeth and mouth daily with high-quality oral care products.

Doing so will help to keep your smile looking great for many years to come!

Tips For Maintaining Good Oral Health

Do you know how to maintain good oral health because if you don’t, then you’ve come to the right place. The same goes if you need a refresher on maintaining oral health. With that said, the below tips should come in handy, so make sure to implement them if you want to maintain good oral health.

1. Brush Your Teeth Properly

One of the easiest and quickest things you can do to maintain good oral health is to brush your teeth, but properly. The bristles of the toothbrush should be at a slight angle when you are brushing and you should keep the bristles right near the gum line. Brush your teeth by going back-and-forth and up and down, but go softly because you don’t want to cause any bleeding. Don’t forget to brush your tongue and do the roof of your mouth.

Ideally, you should brush your teeth two times per day. If you’re too busy to do this, then brush at least once per day or rinse your mouth out with water after you eat. If you simply let food buildup, then you won’t be doing yourself any favors.

2. Floss

Don’t underestimate the effectiveness of flossing, which is something you should be doing on a regular basis. However, a lot of people don’t do it because they forget to floss or they think they don’t have time to do it. If you’re serious about your oral health, then floss daily, especially after you have finished eating.

Flossing offer an array of advantages, such as getting the places brushing can’t get. Another advantage is flossing can remove particles of food that is located right between your teeth. Ideally, you should floss at least once every single day.

3. Go Easy On These Beverages

There’s nothing wrong with drinking certain beverages. However, you want to limit the amount you take in of certain beverages. These drinks include coffee, soda and alcohol.

The above beverages can ruin your teeth and they all contain a large amount of phosphorus, which can deplete your body’s calcium levels when it is consumed in excess. This can also lead to you developing gun disease and tooth decay. Soda often contains corn syrup and food dye and both of those ingredients can quickly cause your teeth to become dull looking and discolored.

Instead of drinking soda, coffee and alcohol, stick to other beverages such as milk. Don’t forget about water too. As a general rule of thumb, stop drinking unhealthy stuff and focus on consuming the healthier stuff.

Also, alcohol is a big culprit behind causing tonsil stones. Because of its dehydrating effects, your saliva levels drops which allows bad bacteria to thrive within your mouth. Which is how infections (any, not just tonsil stones) are caused.

4. No Tobacco

One of the worst things you can put into your body is tobacco, which can wreck havoc on your teeth. It will increase your risk of oral cancer, too. Periodontal complications can occur if you consume quite a bit of tobacco.

Plus, the chances are if you use tobacco, then you’ll use agents to cover up the smell of it. Such agents are also not good for your teeth. The bottom line is you want to avoid using tobacco at all costs, whether it’s smoking it or chewing it. It’s simply not good for you, so if you do currently use it, then quit.

5. Use Mouthwash

You don’t have to use mouthwash, but it is a good idea if you want to maintain good oral health. Mouthwash can kill off bacteria that are in your mouth, and it will make your breath smell good, as well as help you keep your teeth strong. Best of all, you can purchase small bottles of it and use it while you’re on the go.

However, not all mouthwashes are created equal. Do your research on the different brands of mouthwashes and then decide which one is the best. Remember, the cheapest isn’t necessarily the worst, nor is the most expensive one always the best.

6. Consume Vitamins

Generally speaking, it’s a good idea to eat healthy because junk food and high sugared foods can wreck havoc on your overall health. This includes your oral health. The more junk food you eat, the more of a chance you have of wrecking your teeth.

Vitamin enriched food will keep your teeth strong, especially if you consume foods with plenty of calcium in them. If you can’t eat enough healthy foods, then buy vitamins. Just do research on vitamins and choose one that is of high quality because you want to make sure you are only using the best vitamins out there.

7. Go To The Dentist

Finally, go to the dentist. Regular dentist visits is a must. They will look at your teeth, clean them and tell you whether or not there is anything wrong with them.

Maintaining good oral health is easy. At least it is if you implement the above tips. The sooner you do all of those things, the sooner you will notice an improvement in your oral health, which means you’ll have less of a chance of experiencing major oral health issues.

Chattanooga Folk – What This is Blog is About

Hi There! I’m Leonard Ryan, a Dental Hygienist from New York. Welcome to my blog Chattanooga Folk!

Here I’ll be spreading all the knowledge I’ve picked up over the years within my field to help you prevent gum, oral and tonsil stone infections. Hopefully you’ll learn something new while on your visit and if you have any questions then feel free to drop me a message using the comment section below.

Thanks for dropping by and best wishes! 😉