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.