Bad breath doesn’t just arise as a result of bad dental hygiene. Most people succumb to bad breath by not brushing and flossing their teeth every day. Contrary to belief, the smelly odor does not directly come from the food remains that are stuck in your mouth (unless you are dealing with onions and garlic of course). Rather, the smell comes from the bacteria which strive in dirty teeth conditions. If you have been maintaining great dental hygiene by brushing, flossing, and rinsing your mouth with antiseptic mouthwash every day, the problem could be arising from elsewhere. One possible cause of bad breath is the presence of tonsil stones. Unfortunately, it can be difficult at times to be able to determine whether one is affected by tonsil stones because they can be quite small. Tonsil stones occur when bacteria accumulate in your tonsils. Your tonsils can be found at the back-end of your mouth and when large tonsil stones appear, they are quite visible.
So why do tonsil stones cause chronic bad breath? First, tonsil stones form as a result of sulfur-producing bacteria. If you have been in a chemistry class before, you will immediately recognize the stingy smell of sulfur. Therefore, if you have a high concentration of sulfur in your mouth, there is good chance that you are affected by tonsil stones. People who are affected by tonsillitis are also often affected by tonsil stones.
Tonsillitis is horrible as it makes you cough endlessly. So what can you do to get rid of tonsil stones? First, visit a doctor and get the appropriate medication. Next, you can apply some of the following remedies to quicken the healing process. The good old salt water solution will become your best friend again. Once a day, mix lukewarm water with a bit of salt and rinse your mouth for a few seconds. Although it isn’t highly recommended, you can also get rid of the tonsil stones yourself using clean swabs.
The best remedy to treat tonsil stones is by preventing it from happening in the first place. Sometimes, there isn’t much you can do about it as tonsillitis can occur due to uncontrollable external factors. However, you can reduce the chances of contracting tonsil stones by maintaining a high standard of dental hygiene. If you don’t have one, I highly recommend you get a water pick. For less than $50, you can get a hold of a device that flosses your teeth with vigor. One way I like to use the water pick is by mixing the water with a bit of mouthwash solution. After you are done, your teeth and gums will feel so refreshed.
If you have tonsil stones, it can take anywhere from a few days to a few weeks for it to heal. The healing duration really depends on the severity of the condition. If your tonsil stones are as large as raisins, you will definitely want to seek professional help. In terms of your eating habits, you should look to assume anything that can cause a reaction. For example, avoid anything that is too hot or too cold. You should also avoid consuming food and beverages that are acidic such as soft drinks.