Tonsil stones are small, off-white deposits which usually form in the fleshy pad at the back of the throat (tonsils). They are often caused by a lack of good oral hygiene.

The ideal treatment for this infection depends on the size of the stones and the level of discomfort the stones cause.Small tonsils stones can be removed using certain home techniques but large stones should only be removed by a medical professional.

So, can tonsils stones be removed at home?

Using cotton swabs

Cotton swabs can be used to push off tonsil stones from the walls of the tonsils. Wet both ends of the cotton swabs to make it gentle on the tonsils.

Do the removal in front of a mirror and use a flashlight to help you locate the stones. After removing the tonsil stones, gargle your mouth using mouthwash or salt water. This will help remove debris and other remaining particles.

Using a toothbrush

You can either use an ordinary or electric toothbrush to help you remove tonsil stones. If you are going to use an ordinary soft bristle toothbrush, use a flashlight to help you locate the tonsil stones. Apply pressure on your tonsil until it becomes loose. Push the tonsil stones off and then remove the remaining the small tonsil stones using a mouthwash.

When using an electric toothbrush, switch the brush on and apply pressure to the area the stones are located. Use the back side of the vibrating toothbrush to gently scrub the stones so that it may break the stones. Once you have removed the stones, remove any remaining particles using a mouthwash.

Drinking lemon juice

Lemon juice contains vitamin C which is effective when it comes to tonsil stones removal. Just mix lemon with water and then gargle the solution around the tonsils. Once the stones have been removed, cleanse the areas where the tonsil stones were located.

Gargling/drinking lemon or lime daily is also a great remedy for preventing tonsil stones as well!


Tonsillectomy is a surgical procedure that is used to remove tonsil stones. This procedure is usually carried out as the last resort when the symptoms become adverse. It is the most preferred treatment method. A doctor can either carry out partial tonsillectomy or perform a complete removal of the tonsils.

Partial tonsillectomy is less painful and a person who has undergone the procedure can heal quickly. Complete removal of tonsils, on the other hand, is painful and the patient will take a longer time to recover. Partial tonsillectomy is performed on people whose tonsils are still in good shape and doesn’t remove the tonsil completely.

Complete tonsillectomy, on the other hand, involves complete removal of the tonsils. It is not a good idea to remove tonsils as they as they are a functional component of the immune system.

However this is up for debate and can be an effective way to beat this infection.


Cryptolysis entails removing tonsil stones using a laser. It is less painful and has a shorter recovery period than tonsillectomy. After undergoing cryptolysis, you can resume your normal activities and diet after one week.

However, this method is effective in the short term and the stones can appear after some years as cryptolysis leaves tissues behind. Cryptolysis will only remove the tonsil crypt from the area where the tonsil stones developed.