The reasons for getting tonsil stones can vary from person to person. Sometimes it’s biological (having large tonsillar crypts for example) but in most cases it’s because of mistakes we’re making in our diet and daily routine.
In this post I’m going talk about these reasons and what you can do to change them for the better. Tonsil stones are a very frustrating infection so I imagine you’ll want to do whatever you can to prevent them.
Poor Oral Hygiene
So I thought I’d start off with the biggie – poor oral health. This is usually the underlying problem of most oral health problems and it should be at the top of your priority when it comes to preventing tonsil stones.
When you don’t keep good care of your oral health, bacteria and waste debris from food begin to collect in small spaces around your mouth, gums and tonsils. In the case for tonsil stones, this is where the infection develops.
The bacteria will begin to feed upon the debris and its leftovers remain to calcify into the stony remains that you are so familiar with. This results in pressure being put on the tonsils where it shouldn’t be, which is where your problems arise from.
So to avoid this, I recommend you at least brush and floss your teeth 3 times per day – in the morning, afternoon and before bed. If you’re situation is quite severe then you should supplement this with an anti-bacterial mouthwash.
When you aren’t hydrated enough, your salvia levels begin to decrease and with this comes a bunch of problems.
Your salvia is responsible for controlling the activity of bacteria and other infectious organisms that are found within your mouth. And when you aren’t fuelling it properly by drinking enough with water, its ability to do this reduces.
This gives the bacteria the freedom to do what it wants and cause infection.
So in order to prevent this you have to drink enough water each day. The exact amount varies from person to person but given the amount calculators available online, this shouldn’t be difficult for you to find out.
If your diet is filled mostly with junk food and not a lot of nutritious, health food then the likelihood of your experiencing infection will go up – and I’m not just talking about oral infection.
With the lack of vitamins and nutrients in your diet, it’s likely you won’t be fuelling your immune system properly, therefore it won’t be able to work at an optimal level. And of course when this happens, it becomes much less capable of fighting infection.
Given that you immune system is so important in your fight against oral infections, it’s imperative that you keep it working the best you can. In order to do this I recommend taking a good look at your diet and try to make healthier changes such eating in more often than you eat out, drinking fewer fizzy drinks and getting your five-a-day.
There are of course many other changes that could be made, and same ones do not work for everyone, but they’re a good place to start.
Now that you know what causes tonsil stones and how to prevent them, I’m sure the infection will gradually works its way out of your system – you just need to make sure you act as I’ve explained.
You don’t necessarily need to work on all at once, they’re order of importance so just work your way down the list.