Few ailments are worse than bad breath. Bad breath can make you feel self-conscious and embarrassed. You may be at a loss, unable to figure out why no matter how often you brush, your breath just well… stinks.
Have you considered there may be an issue with your tonsils? According to Huffington Post, the main function of the tonsils is to trap bacteria. Bacteria is smelly. It’s what makes your sweat stink. It’s also (sometimes) what makes your breath smell. When bacteria calcifies on the tonsils, you develop tonsil stones. Open your mouth and look at your tonsils. Do you see little white bumps? Those are tonsil stones. It is important to visit your dentist to have tonsil stones properly removed as not to aggravate an infection.
Continue reading to learn home remedies to prevent tonsil stones and smelly tonsil-breath:
1. Gargle with salt water. Live Science recommends this two-ingredient home remedy to dislodge tonsils stones. To prevent tonsil stones, gargle daily with salt water or a solution made from hydrogen peroxide and water.
2. Eat more pickles. Fermented foods like pickles, sauerkraut, and kimchi can help maintain a balance between good and bad micro-organisms, says Healthy and Natural Wold. When the micro-organisms are balanced, the smelly bacteria is kept at bay.
3. Suck on a lollipop. Seriously! Healthy and Natural World says this home remedy pries tonsil stones away from the tonsil itself. If tonsil stones are a regular problem for you, keep a tasty lollipop in your purse or wallet.
4. Double up on the brushing. Mayo Clinic recommends brushing not only in the morning and night but also after meals. Take extra care to gently brush your tongue and don’t forget to floss. Good oral hygiene decreases the overall bacteria in the mouth and prevents bad breath.
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