What Causes Tonsil Stones?
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What Causes Tonsil Stones?

Given their annoying symptoms and stressful removal, it’s no surprise that those who have encountered tonsil stones want to prevent them from coming back. Now this isn’t a particularly hard thing to do, it just requires a little background first.

If you want to prevent tonsil stones then you really need to know what the reasons for their growth are in the first place. Only by understanding this will you be able to prevent them effectively.

Below I’ve outlined some of the most common causes so you know what to stay away from.

why do you get tonsil stonesPoor Oral Hygiene

As you can expect, this is the most common cause of tonsil stones there is. It is responsible for most peoples oral health problems and should definitely be something that you avoid.

With a lack of good cleaning habits, the bad bacteria in your mouth will thrive. Feeding and acting in any way it wants. This freedom is how it’s able to feed on the debris hidden within your tonsils and begin the development of tonsil stones.

So, the only logical way forward is to prevent this from happening. Which is actually easier than you might think, however you may need to do a little more work than you’re use to.

I’m pretty sure than everyone and their gran has been told to brush their teeth twice per day. Now this is sound advice, and if you want to prevent your teeth from rotting then it’s the way to go.

The only thing is it doesn’t completely ensure you will prevent oral infection. It’s more of the bare minimum you should be doing each day.

If you want to almost guarantee tonsil stone (and other infection) prevention then you need to make your routine a little more thorough.

Instead, I recommend you brush & floss your teeth 3 times each day. Once at the start, middle and end of your day.

This will not only make sure you clean out your mouth of bad bacteria and incorporate good bacteria, but it’ll also make sure there isn’t any debris sitting in the small pockets between your teeth and gums.

So without any bad bacteria in your mouth and nothing for it to feed on, a tonsil stone infection can’t develop.

It may take a while to get use to but it’ll be well worth it in the long term.

Alcohol and Tobacco Consumption

This is another big one. Not only because of the threat they cause to your oral health, but your overall health as well. I could go into more detail about all the health problems they promote but I’ll keep focused on tonsil stones.

Because both of these bad consumption habits make your body dehydrate, your saliva levels drop. This is not good.

You probably thought it just lubricates your food to make it easier to swallow but saliva is actually what keeps everything in shape in your mouth. So it plays a very important role in maintaining your oral health.

Without it the bacteria and fungi would run a muck, causing all sorts of problems.

So you want to keep your saliva levels as high as possible, therefore you need to limit your alcohol and tobacco consumption.

dry mouth and tonsil stonesNot Drinking Enough Water

This is a problem for the same reason as above. By not drinking enough water, your saliva levels won’t be high enough to maintain a health environment with your mouth. Which of course leads to infection.

So you need to be drinking your fair share of water. The exact amount, however, varies from person to person.

Things like your activity level, height, weight and diet need to be considered before choosing a specific target to aim for each day. Although, a good rule of thumb is about 8 glasses a day of water.

If you want to learn more then I recommend you check out this study.

Having a Poor Diet

By having a diet high in junk food, you won’t be incorporating enough nutrients into your body to fuel your immune system. This therefore makes it less capable of fighting against infection.

There are many things you can do to improve your diet but I think in this situation, the best thing to do is get your five-a-day. This will make sure your body is getting the nutrients it needs to keep your immune system as strong as possible.

Consuming a lot of Dairy

Now this may seem a little counter-intuitive, after all aren’t dairy products supposed to promote good health?!

Well yes that is true, but it isn’t good for everything – provided you consume a lot of it.

This is because most dairy products are high in protein which helps the bacteria, mucus and debris hiding within your tonsil to harden. So while this is good for things like muscle growth, it can be bad for infection prevention, especially tonsil stones.


So now that you know what the biggest causes of tonsil stones are, I think you’re ready to learn what remedies you can take advantage of to prevent them.

To do so, click here to be taken to my “prevent tonsil stone” page.

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