My Experience With Tonsil Stones
Some time ago I found a white spot in
my throat near the back. I did not realize it at the time but the spot was a
tonsillolith. Tonsilloliths are more commonly known as a tonsil stones.
Initially I assumed the tonsil stone was just a sore and perhaps I was coming
down with strep throat. The strange thing was that my throat was not getting
sore. I just had this odd sensation in my throat. It was more annoying than
painful. I grew more concerned as time passed and the lump just got bigger and
more annoying. Though I had been neglecting visiting my dentist, I made an
appointment thinking he could offer information on what this annoying white spot
was. I was glad to hear from him that the spot was just some "debris" and I
should gargle to get rid of it. Upon arriving home I attempted this with no
success. The spot remained.
For the next few weeks I tried to rid my of
the menace without any luck. I finally fought the gag reflex and stuck my finger
into my throat to dislodge it. My brief period of happiness lasted for about two
weeks before my tonsil stones returned.
Researching tonsil stones
I decided to research the white spot online. I
located a diagram with explanation. I learned the medical term for the white
spot is "tonsillolith" also known as tonsil stones or tonsil rocks. Apparently
it is not known for certain what causes tonsil stones. One possible cause of
tonsil stones is the collection of mucous and bacteria in the tonsil crypts or
tonsil pockets. Some people have deeper tonsil crypts than others and these
fluids collect there forming tonsil stones. This made sense to me because I've
noticed that one of my tonsil crypts is deeper than the other. This is the side
that produces tonsil stones.
How to Prevent Tonsil Stones
There has been only one way I've found
to prevent tonsil stones. After trying other tonsil stone home remedies and
having no success, I decided to go with a product created by Doctor Harold Katz
DDS. Katz specializes in bad breath remedies but addresses tonsil stones on his
website as well. He has an article on tonsil stone prevention which is very
informative. I am always somewhat skeptical about making online purchases but I
ordered his tonsil stone kit anyway. For the first couple of weeks I was
unimpressed with his tonsil stone remedy because at times, I went two or more
weeks without tonsil stones without the tonsil stone kit. More time passed
though and I became a firm believer in his methods. Since I started using his tonsil
, I have not experienced a single tonsil stone episode.
I consider myself very fortunate because like others, I even considered removing
my tonsils to prevent tonsil stones. I found a coupon code for his tonsil stone
If you enter
during your order, you will get the tonsil stone prevention kit
for free with an order of $30.00. Otherwise, the tonsil stone kit costs about
$36.00. With the code you'll be able to try his other products as well.
How to Remove Tonsil Stones
Before discovering Doctor Katz' tonsil
stone remedy, I did figure out an easier way to dislodge tonsil stones than
gagging yourself. I used a water pik or dental irrigator. These devices are
powerful sprayers that clean between your teeth and are supposedly more
effective than flossing. You will need one that is strong enough to dislodge
your tonsil stones. The cheapest I've found (that works) is the
Conair Interplak Water Jet
I would not use any smaller water piks than
this one. It is available at Amazon for about $39.00.
Your Tonsil Stones
Hopefully, by sharing my experiences with tonsil
stones I have helped you in dealing with yours. I was pretty desparate when I
finally figured how to 1)Remove tonsil stones and 2)Prevent tonsil stones from
returning. I know desparation is not a fun feeling and I genuinely hope that you
can find a way to deal with your tonsil stones if you are like I was.