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

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

Yes: Tonsil "stones" are concretions of microscopic food particles, sloughing mucosa cells from the lining of the oral cavity, and bacteria (usually in the form of "biofilm"). Anything that causes them to be dislodged will help keep those pits in the tonsil clear. I have even known some patients who use a "water pik" to keep their tonsils clear of stones. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Tonsil Stones (Definition)

Tonsil stones are white or yellow globs of foul-smelling mucus and bacteria that collect in the tonsils near the back of the throat. Tonsil stones are not dangerous, but ...Read more


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If you eat dairy while you have tonsillitis does this put you at risk for developing tonsil stones? Does gargling salt water prevent this?

If you eat dairy while you have tonsillitis does this put you at risk for developing tonsil stones? Does gargling salt water prevent this?

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 area with a soft brush, or using a water pik to dislodge them. Sometimes the tonsils may become chronically infected, painful, or swollen. Then it may be time to consider removal. You should see an otolaryngologist and discuss. ...Read more

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Hiya. Tonsil stones. Tried manual pus removal and salt water/mouthwash gargles but my tonsil is still very swollen and producing pus. What can I do?

Hiya. Tonsil stones. Tried manual pus removal and salt water/mouthwash gargles but my tonsil is still very swollen and producing pus. What can I do?

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. ...Read more

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I've had a sore tonsil that goes away with salt water it looks different then the other tonsil and I keep getting tonsil stones? Any idea why?

I've had a sore tonsil that goes away with salt water it looks different then the other tonsil and I keep getting tonsil stones? Any idea why?

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. You are already gargling with water after meals which is helping. The only cure is a tonsillectomy. If one side is significantly larger than the other, that is another reason for ENT evaluation. Good luck. ...Read more

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I have my tonsil stone removed but still bad breath persist, what's the best thing for gargling beside salt water?

See your dentist: You may want to schedule an appointment with your dentist and have your teeth cleaned. This is the most common reason for bad breath. ...Read more

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Help I have what apears to be tonsils stones but im not a big fan of surgery the qtip trick hurts what should I do, I also gargle salt water daily now?

Help I have what apears to be tonsils stones but im not a big fan of surgery the qtip trick hurts what should I do, I also gargle salt water daily now?

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 them out. You can use a plastic ear curette (designed for removing wax from ear) which is less uncomfortable than cotton swab. I would try to avoid surgery unless they frequently get infected. ...Read more

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Where can I buy a water irrigator for my tonsil stones?

Where can I buy a water irrigator for my tonsil stones?

Store or online: You can find a water irrigator/water pick at the pharmacy or online. Good luck! ...Read more

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How long does 'tonsil stones' stones and if I rinse my mouth with water how long will it be till it's gone?

How long does 'tonsil stones' stones and if I rinse my mouth with water how long will it be till it's gone?

Need to see ENT Doc: ' tonsil stone ' are result of food particles lodged in the tonsil crypts, result of recurrent tonsillitis, or due to poor oral hygiene, may cause bad breath, some times need the help of the doctor to remove them. ...Read more

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How do I get rid of huge cancker sores on my tonsils? They are getting bigger and hurt very bad. I am gargling with salt water and etc* but no results

How do I get rid of huge cancker sores on my tonsils? They are getting bigger and hurt very bad. I am gargling with salt water and etc* but no results

See an oral surgeon: Seek help from an oral surgeon to make sure you are dealing with a canker sore and not something more serious. He or she will be able to help you. ...Read more

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Still some white stuff on tonsils. Gave oral 3 weeks ago, gargled salt water for 1week. Partner tested negative for everything. STD? STI? No other symp

Still some white stuff on tonsils. Gave oral 3 weeks ago, gargled salt water for 1week. Partner tested negative for everything. STD? STI? No other symp

Get checked: This can be from many things and should be looked into. fever? Pain? Hard to swallow consider infection like strep. Could be tonsil stones that you are noticing or even fungal infections. Its impossible to tell on internet so get it looked at. ...Read more

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I have a really sore inflamed throat and tonsils that started yesterday. Tried green tea and salt water gargle but not helping. Any idea or advice?

I have a really sore inflamed throat and tonsils that started yesterday. Tried green tea and salt water gargle but not helping. Any idea or advice?

You may need exam: Sore throats are generally caused by viruses or bacteria. The former will resolve in time and with the help of supportive measures like rest, fluids, green tea, etc. The latter (bacteria) may require antibiotics which would nee to be determined by a doctor and prescribed by them, etc. Best wishes. ...Read more

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I scratched my tonsil & now there's a white spot (blister) & my throat and ear hurts. No fever. What should I do. I've been gargling salt water?

I scratched my tonsil & now there's a white spot (blister) & my throat and ear hurts. No fever. What should I do. I've been gargling salt water?

Sore throat: Most throat infections are viral harmless and resolve on their own Viral infections tend to ulcer as shown in this pic. Strep infections need to b treated to prevent heart and kidney damage. These infections generally cause pain when u swallow and are associated with headaches and upset stomach. Note fever is not a reliable symptom. If u have the strep symptoms u need to see a doc. ...Read more

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I have 'tonsil stones' & can feel them but can't get to them to pop them out. Can't gargle... I gag too easily. What can I do to get rid of them?!

I have 'tonsil stones' & can feel them but can't get to them to pop them out. Can't gargle... I gag too easily. What can I do to get rid of them?!

Tonsillectomy: Tonsil stones are a very common condition caused bacterial colonization (thought to be biofilms) and debris in the crypts of your tonsils. Tonsillectomy (laser cryptolysis, subcapsular tonsillectomy, traditional tonsillectomy) is the only permanent effective treatment. ...Read more

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Is it true that tonsil stones form in other places other then tonsils?

Tomsiliths: No only on the tonsils. Bit you can get stones from the salivary glands. ...Read more

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The tonsil stones are all on one side and someone told me that could possibly be dangerous is this true. What shall I do?

Not dangerous: Tonsil stones can be uncomfortable and can cause bad breath but they are not dangerous. You can removed them with a qtip or water pick. They form in small crypts in your tonsils when food gets packed in. The fact that they are only on one side just means the crypts are only on one side. ...Read more

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What causes a coated tongue? I can't get rid of it. I have tried a tongue scraper, brushing my tongue, mouth wash, gargling with salt water. No luck.

What causes a coated tongue? I can't get rid of it. I have tried a tongue scraper, brushing my tongue, mouth wash, gargling with salt water. No luck.

See DDS: What are your personal habits? Do you smoke, drink coffee all day long? A tongue scraper should be an adjunct in addition to brushing and flossing on a regular basis. Speak to your dentist if this is still problematic. ...Read more

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Symptons are sore throat, sore glands and neck is sore and aching. I also have sore in roof of mouth. Been gargling with salt water & also peroxide?

Symptons are sore throat, sore glands and neck is sore and aching. I also have sore in roof of mouth. Been gargling with salt water & also peroxide?

See your doctor: Sore glands could be due to an infection in your mouth, sore neck don't know could be anything. You can not treat yourself gargling, you need to get proper diagnosis and treatment, call your dentist or your doctor or both. Please don't wait ...Read more

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Could gargling salt water help the lumps on the roof of my mouth?

Could gargling salt water help the lumps on the roof of my mouth?

Probably not: Have the area in question evaluated by a professional in your area. ...Read more

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Does salt water gargling help mouth ulcers?

Does salt water gargling help mouth ulcers?

Salt water rinses: Seem to help with oral irritations of all kinds. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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Does gargling with hot salt water really help mouth sores and pain?

Does gargling with hot salt water really help mouth sores and pain?

Why hot water?: I've never heard the "hot" part, but gargling with salt water does draw excess fluid from inflamed tissues in the throat, making them hurt less. It also loosens thick mucus, which can remove irritants like allergens, bacteria and fungi from the throat. It's a temporary fix, since it does nothing to remove the cause (whatever that is), but it will make you feel better for a while. ...Read more

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