Tonsil Stones - How I Cured My Own Tonsil Stones and Bad Breath
My first experience with Tonsil Stones (Tonsilloliths) came at around the age of sixteen when I started to cough up these unusual looking cream-colored lumps. The only thing I knew about them at that time was the awful smell, which came from the stones when squashed between my fingers, apart from that I had no idea what they were or where they came from.
I felt too embarrassed to ask my doctor or dentist about them and never dared ask my parents or friends. They worried me at times and I often wondered whether others suffered from this problem or whether I was the only one in the world with this condition. It took me over twenty years before I eventually researched my problem and found out exactly what they were and where they came from. You may have had a similar experience and can relate to this in some way.
Bad Breath was also a problem at times, which I only became aware of by comments from friends and colleagues. After a while the penny drops and the realization sets in that you really do have a Bad Breath problem. Over the years you get to learn when the Bad Breath springs into life by the horrible dry metallic taste you get in your mouth and until very recently I never realised that Tonsil Stones and Bad Breath could be linked.
Frequently Asked Questions
How long do tonsil stones take to form?
I've always had the occasional tonsil stone come up and never thought much about them but lately I've been getting them far more frequently, I've brought up about 12 over the last two days and they are so gross. I've been tasting them at the back of my throat but I don't think I've had bad breath (I really hope not anyway). I'm just wondering if anyone knows how long they take to form and if anyone has had their tonsils removed because of them?
Tonsil stones are pockets of bacteria that develop in the various indentations of the tonsils. They form only if your tonsil has a pocket where bacteria can develop a colony. Not all people have tonsil stones because most tonsils have a smooth surface. Stones can form rapidly if your tonsil has a pocket for the bacteria because the bacteria is present on the top of your tongue, especially the back of the tonguie. People who think they have a tonsil stone may not have a stone but they do have a great amount of bacteria on the back of their tonguie. You can see this bacteria as white stuff. This must be cleaned off to get rid of bad breath. I use OraBrush tongue cleaner because it is both a brush and a scraper. My wife tells me that I have cured my bad breath since I started using OraBrush about 5 months ago. Here is their websited: http://www.orabrush.com
Can a doctor remove tonsil stones?
I started getting these tonsil stones a few years ago. I'm male 24 now. The thing is i usually get it when i eat certain foods and or i eat my food too fast. One time i had it stuck in my throat for close to 1 month and felt sick everyday because i everytime i swallow my saliva, i would feel something stuck in my throat.
Well i think it took me 1 year to figure out how to take it out. I would open my mouth and use a flashlight and see those stones. I never knew i could do that till last year. Then i take my right index finger and push it out and would be gagging many times to get it out. Well after many attempts, i found out it was not that hard to push those stones out and then have a clear throat. Well the thing is almost everytime i had tonsil stones, it would be in right side inside my mouth. Now i got tonsil stones stuck again but its in the left middle side when i open my mouth. I cannot push it out whatsoever. Does anyone have any advice? It is really bothering me and i usually get sick if it gets stuck for more than 2 days let alone the uncomfortable feeling.
I use to use vinegar to help but it helps a little bit. I am really upset that i got tonsil stones stuck in the left/middle side as oppose to the right side, where i could easily push it out with my finger. Thoughts? I won't do that surgery though because i heard there is way too much pain. I keep telling myself i will eat slower and make sure i chew my food properly but i forget every few weeks.
Last time i went to an ENT doctor, he told me he could not even see the tonsil stones even though it was extremely easy for me to see it when i opened my mouth and looked at the mirror with a flashlight. Could an ENT doctor push the tonsil stones out for me at the office? Do they have the equipment there? I know its a temporarily solution and surgery would be the last resort.
Also, is it possible for tonsil stones to be stuck in your throat for a VERY LONG TIME? Or do tonsil stones must fall off after a certain time period? I try my best to cough, gargle it out without any luck and i am really frustrated.
A doctor should be able to remove the stones. You could try using forceps or even your tongue.
The Wikipedia entry has some ways to remove the stones as well as using laser resurfacing to smooth the tonsil so it is more difficult for the stones to form.
I cannot get rid of my tonsil stones!?
Male here. I have had tonsil stones so many times already. Each time i got it out by gagging myself with vinegar or salt water. Last time though i did get it out using my index finger b/c i was told that was possible. This time however, i got tonsil stones stuck again.
I cannot get it out this time b/c I don't even see it but i feel it. I tried listerine, salt water and vinegar and no help at all. I think i also might have scratched my throat b/c my ear is feelign a bit weird now.
Can someone tell me if a doctor can take out the tonsil stones for me? I do not have a good gag reflex and usually it takes a LONG time to get the tonsil stone out. I heard about an irrigator that you can buy and use. Does that work? How does it work? I dont care if i have to pay 0 for one as long as it can get rid of the tonsil stones.
Most people don't like it b/c it makes your breath smell bad. True i also smell it as well but the worst part is you feel something is stuck in your throat. I have had tonsil stones so many times in the last 2 years. I recall each time i got it was b/c I ate rice and i did not chew it fully which is why the food is stuck in my throat.
I keep telling myself to eat slower but forget. These tonsil stones are always caused by me eating. I am very depressed right now b/c these tonsil stones is affecting my attitude. I am always mad and sad now. I'm a male and 22 by the way. Does anyone know what is the best solution for me to get rid of it?
I heard about taking out tonsils and i know it hurts a lot but I would do it if it was allowed. The most annoying and frustrating thing to me are tonsil stones b/c you feel food is stuck in your throat when you talk or swallow. Other things include wanting to vomit and vomiting itself.
Anyone can give me advice please? Last time i went to an ENT referred to by my doctor and they told they saw NOTHING. They used some telescope and put it in my mouth and said they say nothing. A few days later, i coughed out the stones but this time, it is REALLY hard for me. I am also feeling a bit sick now b/c of it.