by Rachel Alexander | July 5, 2015 11:53 am
If you have bad breath that cannot be controlled by anything you try – brushing your teeth constantly, mouthwash, tongue scraping, diet changes – you may have what one woman, Renee Beckler, discovered when she finally went to a doctor for help. About one quarter of the population is estimated to have tonsil stones.
According to IJ Review,
The doctors confirmed that Beckler’s bad breath was being caused by tonsil stones — specifically, the bacteria feeding on the tonsil stones, which release a gas with a foul, sulfurous smell.
To treat the bad breath, Beckler had to get rid of the tonsil stones. Beckler’s treatment was laser ablation, an outpatient procedure where the throat is numbed and the stones zapped with a laser. In most cases the stones don’t come back.
Meghan Swann used a more home-grown technique to rid herself of her tonsil stones. As she told The New York Times, Swann thought she had something stuck in her throat when pushing on her tonsil dislodged the stone.
Swann found that her tonsil stones could be removed by probing her tonsil with a Q-tip, but it was only after talking to her mother (who suffered from the same problem) and posting on her blog that Swann discovered that there were so many others who shared her ailment.
Dr. Lee Zimmer of the University of Cincinnati recommends, “Gargle with a non-alcohol-based mouthwash, and use a Waterpik — literally blast the tonsils to see if you can force the stones out. Try that for a month or so and see how it goes.” It may be gross, but considering one quarter of us have this gross problem, wouldn’t you rather fix it than ignore it? Watch the video about it below.
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