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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

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Dr. Darrin Cunningham
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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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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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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 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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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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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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