Bad Breath

Bad breath is a serious issue. If you or someone you know has ever suffered from bad breath, then you know how embarrassing, awkward, and downright uncomfortable the whole situation can be.  Brushing and flossing your teeth, as well as regular dental check-ups can help minimize or eliminate bad breath altogether. There is another culprit that could be preventing you from achieving fresh breath every day. Tonsil stones are the result of mucus and food build-up caught in the grooves of your mouth where your tonsils sit. If you still have your tonsils, it is nearly impossible to be able to see if you have these stones or not. Even if you do not have your tonsils, you are still subject to developing tonsil stones. The good news is, if you have had your tonsils removed, you can easily see these stinky stones. So what can you do to keep a mouth that’s fresh?

Garlic

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Garlic can do more than just ward off vampires, it helps prevent bacteria creates tonsil stone buildup. Garlic has natural anti-bacterial properties and tonsil stones are the results of bacteria build up in the mouth. To benefit from garlic, munch on raw garlic a few times a day. If you’re afraid of smelling like garlic throughout the day, chew it at night before, during, and after dinner. It is better to have a faint scent of garlic on your breath than have your mouth smell like a dead swamp. Garlic can also be added to meals if chewing on garlic is too much for you. There are also tons of delicious recipes for roasting cloves of garlic online.

Lemon Juice

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Rich in vitamin C, lemon juice is an easy and natural way to prevent tonsil stones. Often easier to incorporate into your lifestyle than chewing raw garlic every day, lemon juice is a preventative measure. Start your mornings with hot lemon water to keep tonsil stones at bay. Hot lemon water in the morning has been shown to improve digestion and wake your insides. The acidity of lemon juice has a detox effect as the high acidity level activates bile flow. Hot lemon water is also a great way to settle an upset stomach or clear your palate after a rich meal.

Lime Juice

lime juiceLike lemon juice, lime juice is rich in vitamin C. The acid in lime juice is also a great way to add natural flavoring to plain water. When using any type of juice, fresh is best. Pick up a bag of limes for your home and make lime water your go-to beverage. If you want to switch it up, try adding lime juice to warm water and add a dollop of honey. This will help relieve any swollen or tenderness caused by uncomfortable stones in the mouth. Pain and swelling in the mouth should be assessed by your dentist to ensure that nothing more serious is going on.

No More Dairy

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Dairy has been shown to cause an increase of mucus build up in some adults. A dairy allergy manifests differently in everyone, however, a common trait is often a feeling of a thick or heavily coated throat after consuming dairy milk. The increase of production of mucus in the body directly impacts the development of tonsil stones. Tonsil stones thrive in thick, dirty, mucus-filled environments. Dairy milk alternatives such as almond milk, hemp milk, cashew milk, and coconut milk are all delicious. If you suffer from a nut allergy, be sure to avoid any of the nut milks.

Salt Water

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If you’ve ever had a sore throat, then you know that gargling salt water is helpful. Warm salt water also helps rid your mouth of tonsil stones. A natural way to flush out food particles and mucus out of the tonsil grooves, warm salt water is an at home cure-all. The water rinses out the mouth and relieves tenderness while the salt helps dry out the grooves where tonsil stones thrive. Take ½ a teaspoon of salt and pour into 8 ounces of warm water. Be sure to check water temperature prior to gargling. You only need water to be lukewarm; you’re not making hot soup.

Brush your Teeth

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It really is that simple. To prevent tonsil stones from forming, all you need to do is brush your teeth regularly. This means brushing morning and night for the full two minutes. Do not forget to brush your tongue as well.  You can use your toothbrush or a tongue scraper. Brushing your teeth prevents bacteria buildup and removes food particles that do cause tonsil stones. Not only does brushing your teeth help prevent tonsil stones, it keeps your mouth healthy, your teeth white, and your gums happy. If you’re feeling ambitious use dental floss before brushing to remove anything lodged in between teeth; use mouthwash afterward to remove anything you weren’t able to reach.

Drink Lots of Water

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If you are fortunate enough to not suffer from tonsil stones but want to make sure you lower your chance of ever getting them, drink water. Staying hydrated is important and has so many benefits beyond keeping tonsil stones at bay. The reason that drinking water is a great way to avoid developing tonsil stones is because it keeps your mouth from becoming too dry. A dry mouth is a breeding ground for bacteria. Food particles combined with bacteria already existing within your mouth will result in tonsil stones. Water also helps thin out mucus, which can also be a culprit in the development of tonsil stones.

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Magnesium

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A vastly underrated supplement, magnesium has much to offer. In the case of tonsil stones, magnesium can help prevent them from forming or continuing to build up in the mouth. While you can find magnesium in food, many people do not get the recommended amount necessary for every day. By taking a magnesium supplement in the morning you can start your day with one less thing to think about. Magnesium works by distributing calcium throughout your body. Excess calcium buildup can result in tonsil stones. Leafy greens, whole grains, nuts, and vegetables are excellent sources of magnesium.

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