Using one or more tonsil stone treatment methods intended to alleviate symptoms of tonsil stones such as bad breath, sore throat and coughing does not guarantee that stones will not recur. However, some treatments may provide temporary relief from the harmless but aggravating problems caused by tonsil stones. Of course, removing tonsil stones will remove tonsil stones permanently but that is not always an option, especially for adults who are susceptible to excessive bleeding and post-operative complications following a tonsillectomy.
Antibiotics as Tonsil Stone Treatment
Antibiotics are prescription medications that target bacterial infections infecting the body. Because tonsil stones are composed primarily of oral microorganisms called anaerobic bacteria, many doctors will prescribe antibiotics for people suffering from tonsil stones. Unfortunately, the simplicity of a bacterium allows it to evolve rapidly in developing resistance against antibiotics, which renders that specific antibiotic useless as a defensive measure against a specific type of bacteria.
Another reason why antibiotics may not work as a reliable tonsil stone treatment method is due to additional underlying causes of tonsil stone formation. Because oral anaerobic bacteria thrive in a dry, airless environment rich with food particles, mucus and dead cells, antibiotics cannot fully work as well as they should until these root causes of tonsils stones are removed. In essence, taking antibiotics for tonsil stones is impractical and only contributes to the potential for someone to develop antibiotic resistance, which may prove detrimental when fighting future bacterial infections.
Physicians frequently prescribe a form of penicillin called amoxicillin to fight infections associated with a wide variety of bacteria. Amoxicillen works to kill bacteria by preventing the germs from forming a cell wall. Without a cell wall, bacteria cannot preform the processes necessary to give it life. Although amoxicillen may reduce the severity of any dental infections present in the mouth, it will probably do nothing towards eliminating tonsil stones.
Many people suffer side effects from penicillens as well. Common reactions to amoxicillen include vomiting, nausea and diarrhea, with more serious “delayed” allergic reactions possible such as fever, skin rashes and shock. Many people do not know they are allergic to penicillens until they receive them and experience serious symptoms that often need emergency care.
Antibiotics and Post Nasal Drip
Since post nasal drip stems often stems from a sinus infection, antibiotics such as fluoroquinolones are usually prescribed to treat sinusitis, bronchitis and other respiratory infections. Fluoroquinolones prevent bacteria from reproducing by hampering the bacteria’s ability to manufacture deoxyribonucleic acid, or DNA. While eliminating excess mucus caused by post nasal drip may reduce incidences of recurring tonsil stones, this antibiotic has the potential to give people who are sensitive to antibiotics adverse side effects such as nausea, headaches, diarrhea and lightheadedness.
Laser Resurfacing of Tonsils
Laser resurfacing is a tonsil stone treatment that does not remove the tonsils but uses a laser beam to vaporize tonsillar crypts in which tonsil stones form. “Cryptolysis” is performed using a CO2 laser or by a new method called coblation. Both are non-invasive procedures that does not require the patient be put to sleep and take less than an hour to complete.
Following resurfacing, the outer layer of the tonsil develop scar tissue that eliminate crypts and reduce the surface area of the tonsils. As a result, the number of tonsil stones that form should decrease in number. However, more than one cryptolysis session is required for patients to experience a noticeable drop in tonsil stones, with most patients averaging three sessions before the resurfacing is successful.
When tonsils stones are larger than normal and cannot be removed by traditional methods, doctors may need to make tiny incisions in the area surrounding the stone in order to scoop out the tonsillolith. This procedure is called “curettage” and further involves irrigating the incision to eliminate any fragments that may have remained following the curettage. People who do not want to undergo a tonsillectomy and experience abnormally large tonsil stones often opt for curettage but this procedure does nothing to prevent future stones from calcifying within tonsillar crypts.
Home Remedies as a Tonsil Stone Treatment
Searching for tonsil stone home remedies on the internet finds a wide range of folk remedies that have no basis in medical facts concerning the prevention of tonsil stones. Chinese herbal teas, gargling with salt water and homeopathic solutions are not recommended by physicians as a viable tonsil stone treatment. In fact, some of these untested “cures” may exacerbate oral conditions responsible for tonsil stones, bad breath and post nasal drip.
Essentials of a Successful Tonsil Stone Treatment
The primary reasons why tonsil stones develop are due to one or more of the following:
- Repeated bouts of tonsillitis
- Allergies/sinusitis that increase post nasal drip mucus
- Dry mouth conducive to anaerobic bacterial growth
- Poor oral hygiene
To successfully eliminate tonsil stones, eliminating these conditions are absolutely necessary. Fortunately, undergoing tonsillectomy, cryptolysis or curettage can be avoided by using the right kind of oral hygiene products that contain exclusive ingredients formulated to counteract each of these issues.
TheraBreath’s Deluxe Tonsil Stone Removal Kit provides users with products ranging from powerful oral rinses to combat bad breath to toothpastes and mouthwashes containing oxygenating ingredients that cleanse and infuse a dry, mucus-filled throat and mouth with beneficial oxygen molecules. In addition, a patented ingredient called OXYD-8, developed by the creator of TheraBreath Oral Hygiene products Dr. Harold Katz, not only enhances saliva flow to wash away mouth debris but also establishes an oral environment in which anaerobic bacteria cannot survive.
By following the directions included in TheraBreath’s Deluxe Tonsil Stone Removal kit and using the products daily, you can reverse the poor quality of your oral health and remove the harmful substances needed for tonsil stones to develop. Moreover, an intensive tonsil stone treatment such as this one devised by bacteriologist and dentist Dr. Harold Katz will also enhance the overall health of your mouth, give you the freshest, cleanest breath you have ever experienced and reduce the risk of suffering from dental and gum disease.