Tonsil stones or tonsilloliths are the small, off-white waste that is normally found in the back of the throat. However, they’re often symptomless and cause minor difficulties such as painful swallowing, inflamed red tonsils, and bad breath which we all know and hate.
1. Removing tonsil stones using cotton swabs
1. Gather these items along with the cotton swabs:
- A mirror
- A toothbrush
- A flashlight
- Running water
2. Open your mouth and glow the flashlight down your throat. Doing this in front of a mirror will help you to see the tonsil stones.
3. Stick out your tongue and say, “Ahh!” to tighten up the muscles in the back of your throat. This should help push your tonsils forward to see them better.
4. Run some water on the cotton swab to make it softer and less irritating for your throat. Avoid putting it down on the counter to prevent contamination.
5. Poke at the stones gently with your swab and press on the tonsil stone until you dislocate it. Then, gently pull it out of your mouth with the cotton.
6. Be very gentle as well since bleeding may occur. However, sometimes a little bleeding is normal but you should be careful to minimize it. Remember, cuts and wounds can get infected by the same bacteria that caused the stones.
7. Rinse your mouth out with water to ensure you have removed all of the stones, especially if your saliva feels a little sticky. Just drink water to thin it out.