Given how annoying and stressful they can be, I feel like the best way to treat tonsil stones is to prevent them from growing in the first place. Now this is easier said than done (especially if you don’t take great care of your oral health) but if you apply the advice I’m about to share then you can give yourself a much better chance in doing so.
These 5 habits are really simple and shouldn’t be too difficult for anyone to incorporate into their everyday routine. So if you don’t like the sound of this nasty infection then I would make sure to keep reading!
1. Gargle Apple Cider Vinegar :
It’s pretty well known that consuming apple cider vinegar (ACV) on a daily basis is very good for your long term health. It has long been attributed to preventing cancer and cardiovascular diseases.
But as well as that, ACV can be very helpful in preventing tonsil stones. This is due to its antibacterial and probiotic content. This means that it’s very good at fighting off the sulphur producing bacteria which initiate the development of tonsil stones.
All you need to is mix about 1 tablespoon of ACV with 1 glass of water, take a sip and begin swirling it around mouth, ensuring it reaches your tonsils (to have full effectiveness). Do this for about 15 seconds and then repeat with the entire glass.
Once you finish, clean out your mouth with some clean water.
If you want to learn more about the benefits of ACV then check out this article on www.newportnaturalhealth.com.
2. Consume Garlic :
Not only is garlic really healthy, but it’s also a great ingredient to many meals, particularly in things like stir-fry’s. So it should be the easiest habit in this post to incorporate into your diet.
Similar to the ACV, garlic has some antibacterial properties. But additionally, it also has antiviral, anti-fungal and antioxidant properties which will help you maintain better oral health – even if it doesn’t seem so because of their smell!
If you want the greatest effect then it’s best to chew on raw garlic straight up and try to let it reach your tonsils. But of course, if you’re not happy to do this then don’t worry, adding it to some meals should be enough.
3. Lime/Lemon Water :
Now this habit doesn’t directly improve your oral health. As it’s naturally high in Vitamin C it improves your immune system more than anything else. But as a knock on effect, you’ll be better at fighting off the sulfur producing bacteria that I mentioned earlier.
Therefore, you’ll be less likely to encounter tonsil stones – and other oral aliments such ulcers.
The drink is probably best enjoyed at the start of the day just before breakfast. All you need to add some lemon/lime juice to a glass of water and drink until the entire mixture is gone.
You should also try to drink it slowly so it can get in and around your tonsils.
4. Stay Hydrated :
The saliva in your mouth is responsible for keeping nasty bacteria and fungi at bay in your mouth. But if you’re not drinking enough water each day then your level of saliva will drop. Therefore, making it easier for the bacteria and fungi to do what it wants – cause problems and infections (tonsil stones).
So if you want to make sure you don’t ever encounter this infection then you need to be drinking enough water. The exact amount is different for each person and their activity level, but a good rule of thumb is 8 glasses per day.
If you want to see how much you should be consuming then check out this article on StayhealthyWays.com.
5. Maintain Good Oral Health :
In terms of importance, this habit trumps the rest and there is no two ways about it. If you want to prevent getting a tonsil stone infection then you need to maintain good oral health. Plain and simple.
I’d imagine most of you reading this already have a pretty good oral hygiene routine so it shouldn’t be too hard to improve, if needs be.
At the minimum you should be brushing and flossing your teeth 3 times per day. Once in the morning, once in the afternoon and once before bed. See, it’s not too difficult – if you don’t normally floss then I recommend floss harps, I use them personally and find them much easier than the regular stuff.
Of course, if you want to be a little more thorough than that then I recommend you brush/floss 4 times a day (after each meal & before bed) and use mouth wash without any alcohol. This will keep your mouth super clean and keep those nasty bacteria at bay.
It’s up to you which of the above habits you decide to incorporate into your day but I recommend you focus on maintaining good oral health above all else. It is just so important for not only preventing a tonsil stone infection but many others as well.