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Is it true that gargling with salt water helps with tonsil stones

A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Russell Faust
29 years experience ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Yes: Tonsil "stones" are concretions of microscopic food particles, sloughing mucosa cells from the lining of the oral cavity, and bacteria (usually in the ... Read More
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Dr. Sanford Archer
38 years experience ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Sometimes: Pockets in the tonsils, also called crypts, can catch food particles and then the minerals in your saliva can and will coat them to turn them into ton ... Read More

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A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. William Culviner
30 years experience ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Probably not: This is a very common problem. Most people can manage the condition by frequent gargling with listerine or hydrogen peroxide, gently brushing over the ... Read More
A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sandra Eleczko
36 years experience Dentistry
Get to a doctor: You have an infection that is producing pus. This ned's to be treated by a doctor.
Dr. Dale Tylor
19 years experience Pediatric ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Pressure wash: Try a water pik ("water flosser") to pressure wash out the tonsils. It generally helps. If not, you may need to see your doctor.
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A 19-year-old male asked:
Dr. Nela Cordero
54 years experience Pediatrics
TONSILLITIS: If strep you need antibiotic x 10 days. Sx will go away 1-2 days.
A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Franklyn Gergits
29 years experience ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Tonsil stones: Hello, tonsils live in the back of your throat and with every swallow of food, some particles may become trapped within the crypts of your tonsils. Yo ... Read More
A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. Arnold Malerman
53 years experience Orthodontics
Ineffective: Mouthwash doesn't eliminate bad breath. Need to find the cause. May be other tonsil problem, gerd, periodontal disease, etc. When you brush teeth, ... Read More
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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Franklyn Gergits
29 years experience ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Tonsil Stones: Hello, I do recommend gargling with water to help eliminate the debris which builds within the tonsil crypts. Since there is a change with possible bl ... Read More
A 19-year-old male asked:
Dr. Mitchell Kahn
46 years experience Internal Medicine
Tonsiliths : There are a few simple things you can do. Salt water gargle will help to prevent them. You can use a Water-Pic which can be very helpful to irrigate t ... Read More
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A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Donald Colantino
61 years experience Internal Medicine
Tonsil stones: Gargling with warm salt water or other washes may or may not dislodge tonsillar stones. I don't recommend it, but scraping with a cotton swab or your ... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Nicole Touchet
30 years experience Family Medicine
It should.: Gargling with warm salt water or an antiseptic mouthwash multiple times each day should help. If it persists, see your doctor.
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