How to Remove Tonsil Stones

Tonsil Stone Removal Tool


Nobody want’s tonsil stones. Absolutely nobody. Unfortunately tonsil stones are a pungent reality for some of us and we would do anything to get rid of them. Treatment falls into two categories: Prevention and Removal. Here we’ll first talk about how to remove them

For those of us currently plagued by these little white stones, here are some of the most efficient ways to remove them.

Salt Water Gargle

By mixing 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon of salt with 8 oz of warm water and gargling this in the back of your throat, you can loosen the stones and flush them out. The salt helps sterilize your throat as well to prevent the bacteria from spreading around. This also will temporarily neutralize odors caused by the tonsil stones.


Water Pik for Tonsil Stone
Water Pik for Tonsil Stone

If you need a little more muscle than just gargling, the waterpik can blast away tonsil stones as a jet of water will loosen and push out any stones. Of course it gets a bit trickier as stones can be located behind the tonsils and deep within, but with some expert angling it can be done


Q-tip for Tonsil Stone Removal
Q-tip for Tonsil Stone Removal

Using a moist Q-tip you can poke at visible tonsils and remove them this way. Of course you can use other items such as toothpicks or toothbrushes, however, we recommend Q-tips as they are soft and minimize damage and irritation you may cause by poke at your tonsils.

Some additional tips. Use a flashlight to see where the tonsil stones are and where you ate prodding. Also, be sure to rinse your mouth afterwards to prevent bacteria from spreading as well.


Additionally, if you wash your hands thoroughly you can sometimes manage to use your fingers to navigate your tonsil and push around the area where your tonsil stones are, effectively pushing the tonsil stones out of the crevice it was it.

Light Pick

Tonsil Stone Removal Tool
Tonsil Stone Removal Tool

An upgraded version is the light pick which is a tool which also includes a light so you can see what you’re poking at. This tool has a scoop as well to make it easier to remove stones. The light is especially clutch in the back regions of the tonsil.

Electric Toothbrush

Electric Toothbrush
Electric Toothbrush

By placing the back end of the electric toothbrush on your tonsil and having it vibrate it sometimes is enough to loosen tonsil stones so that they come out easily

Chin down with swallowing and coughing

If you bring your chin down to your chest and then take big gulps/swallows, sometimes this is enough to squeeze your tonsils and force tonsil stones out of their crevices. Do this a few times if you can sense that there are some lingering there. Also, coughing sometimes is enough to also loosen stones and send them flying out of your mouth.

After you’ve taken all those stones out and want to keep them out, take a look at how to prevent tonsil stones.



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