Not everyone realises that the things you consume on a regular basis can affect your oral health, and not in a good way. If your diet consists of foods that aren’t particularly nutritious then it’s likely that the bacteria in your mouth will have more freedom to cause infection.
This isn’t always a tonsil stone infection (things like ulcers are also common) but a poor diet can be one of its major causes.
Below I’ve outlined some of the best foods you should be eating to maintain good oral health, and more importantly, prevent tonsil stones from forming. They are a nuisance of an infection so you really want to do your best to avoid them.
Not only is garlic a tasty and versatile kitchen ingredient, it’s also packed full of health benefits. These include cancer preventive properties, antioxidant properties and, what we are most concerned with in this post, antibacterial properties.
You see, in your mouth there are many sulphur producing bacteria and fungi hiding under your tongue and tonsils. Given enough freedom, they will feed on the dead cells, mucus and other debris found within the crypts of your tonsils.
This is how tonsil stones are made, therefore to prevent them from growing we need to fight against the bacteria and fungi. Which is exactly what garlic will do.
Now, for the best results you should be chewing on it raw, but this isn’t necessary. You can get away with just including a few cloves into your meals each night. I recommend you give a few stir-fry’s a try but that’s up to you.
One major nutrient some people are lacking in their diet is Vitamin C and because of this they can experience oral infections, such as ulcers, and other diseases, such as scurvy. The reason why is that their immune system suffers from this deficiency and therefore makes them more prone to these problems.
The same goes for a tonsil stone infection. If your immune system can’t fight off or control the bad bacteria then it’ll run rampant and begin feeding on the tonsil debris mentioned above.
So I’m pretty sure you’ll want to get your fair share of Vitamin C from now on and that’s actually pretty easy. Just mixing lemon or lime with a glass of water and consuming it every morning will be enough.
This is actually a great way to start the day, thanks to nutrient benefit of the lemons/limes and the hydration boost of the water.
Similar to the garlic, onions are a great addition to anyone’s diet as they taste great and have many health benefits. This is mainly due to its anti-thrombotic, anti-platelet and anti-asthmatic properties but, again, we are most interested in its antibacterial properties.
These will help us fight off the sulphur producing bacteria and fungi which makes tonsil stone development much less likely. So do your best to include these into your diet just like the garlic.
You can learn more about onions health benefits in this study.
Apple Cider Vinegar
This can be consumed in a few different ways but it doesn’t matter which one you choose. The important thing is that you’re experiencing its benefits.
Apple cider vinegar has long been attributed to having anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties (among others) which kind of make it a tonsil stones preventing super food. It’ll not only help you prevent the stones growth but it’ll also help aid symptoms that you’re experiencing because of them as well.
If you really hate tonsil stones then apple cider vinegar consumption is a necessity.
For the best results then I recommend your gargle it instead of drink it (whether or not you do that is up to you). Here’s what you do:
- Add one tablespoon of apple cider vinegar to a glass of clean water.
- Have a sip and then tilt your head backwards. Swirl it around your mouth, making sure it reaches your tonsils.
- After about fifteen seconds, spit it out and repeat with the remainder of the glass.
- Clean your mouth out with fresh water.
That’s all. Do that once a day and you’ll be well on your way to a healthy lifestyle and tonsil stone prevention!
Hopefully you find working these foods into your diet too difficult. They’re all extremely helpful and healthy so just do your best!