How to Get Rid of Bad Breath Due to Tonsil Stones

For a lot of people when they first start getting tonsil stones they don’t really look at it like a big deal. When these stones show up they would simply pop them out and that would be the end of that.

However, when they start noticing the bad breath that comes along with these persistent stones it quickly changes their perspective on how bad of a problem tonsil stones really are.

Learning how to get rid of bad breath due to tonsil stones can definitely be a challenge.

Bad breath, also known as halitosis, can be socially crippling. Not being able to talk to people face to face, or even do simple things like laugh out loud can really hurt your self esteem. Especially when you hear people you’re hanging out with say rude comments about how bad your breath smells.

This type of negative attention can cause anyone to want to avoid going out or not have friends. The good news is you don’t have to become a hermit in order to be at peace with yourself.

There are a number of different things you can do to keep your breath fresh even if you have tonsil stones.

But first….

Can Tonsil Stones Cause Bad Breath?

The answer is yes. There are a number of different studies that confirm tonsil stones causes bad breath. The main reason why is because these little stones are caused by debris and sulfur producing bacteria (anaerobic bacteria) building up in your tonsils. This accumulation of debris and anaerobic bacteria that releases sulfur compounds is usually the main reason for foul breath in people with tonsil stones.

Another cause of bad breath due to tonsil stones is dry mouth (often caused by prescription medications) because it gives the anaerobic bacteria and sulfur producing compounds a chance to thrive. Alcohol and tobacco products can also cause your mouth to dry up and lead to bad breath.

Your sinuses can also lead to the development of tonsil stones and bad breath as well. Whenever too much mucus is being produced due to sinus problems it can cause the thick mucus to find its way into your mouth. This thick mucus will ultimately produce a low oxygen environment in your mouth where the bacteria can thrive. If you eat anything like garlic or any type of food with an intense smell it would get trapped in the thick mucus that was making its way to your mouth.

Your diet can also cause tonsil stones and bad breath. Mainly foods high in sugar and dairy items can cause more stones to develop and worsen your breath. Dairy products especially have been known to cause more mucus build up in the mouth and the formation of a white coat on your tongue that also leads to bad breath 24/7.

How to Get Rid of Bad Breath Due to Tonsil Stones

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Now that you have an idea of what causes bad breath due to tonsil stones it’s time to start thinking about what can be done to get rid of the stones and make your breath smell better as well.

Coconut Oil

If you’re trying to figure out how to get rid of bad breath due to tonsil stones then coconut oil may be the answer.

Extra virgin coconut oil has been used for years to not only get rid of bad breath, but also a number of other oral problems such as:

  • Stop bleeding gums
  • Reduce chances of gum disease
  • Get white smile
  • Get healthy gums
  • Stop the growth of bacteria in the mouth

By simply swishing extra virgin coconut oil around in your mouth it will pick up the bacteria responsible for tonsil stones and bad breath like a magnet.

This is because bacteria in the mouth love fat, and when you swish around the coconut oil in your mouth it attracts all the bad bacteria in your teeth, on your tongue, in your gums, tonsils, etc. Moreover, about 50% of the fat that coconut oil contains is made up of lauric acid, which is known to kill bacteria.

In order to use coconut oil as a cure for bad breath caused by tonsil stones there are a couple of things you can do:

Consume It: The first thing you can do is simply take a tablespoon of extra virgin coconut oil and eat it a couple times each day. Try not to eat it on an empty stomach or it may cause a little stomach upset.

If you are taking it internally be sure to eat something with it. You could even try adding it to some of your food. Coconut oil is kind of like lard so once you put it in your mouth it will melt within seconds.

Oil Pulling: Another way to use this oil to get rid of tonsil stones and stop bad breath is to swish it around in your mouth. This tonsil stone removal method is called oil pulling and there are studies that prove it effective at promoting good oral health.

To properly perform oil pulling with coconut oil you’re going to have to swish a couple tablespoons of the oil around in your mouth being sure to move it around slowly as you sip it, suck it, and pull it through your teeth without swallowing it.

Do this for at least 10 to 15 minutes for the best results. Once you swish the EVCO around in your mouth make sure you spit out all of the bacteria, mucus, stones, and other debris it pulls out from your gums, teeth, and tonsils.

The best time to use coconut oil pulling is right after you brush your teeth in the morning and at night before you go to bed.

As you do you this oil pulling method you should be gentle so that your jaw muscles don’t get tired prematurely. Also, it doesn’t matter if its cold pressed or just plain as long as it is extra virgin coconut oil.

This pulling effect will help pull out some of your stones and the swishing of the coconut oil will activate the enzymes in your saliva that draws out toxins and bacteria responsible for foul breath.

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Hydrogen Peroxide

Gargling equal parts (3% to 5% concentration) hydrogen peroxide and water for at least 1 minute a few times daily can help banish bad breath due to tonsil stones.

Using this hydrogen peroxide solution as a mouthwash regularly can also remove tonsil stones and prevent the bacteria, mucus, food particles, and other debris from building up in the tonsils causing more stones.

Using this remedy is a great way to get rid of tonsil stones hidden deep in your tonsils.


A lot of people haven’t even heard of spirulina, but it is a great way to get rid of bad breath. It’s the high amount of chlorophyll in spirulina that makes it so effective at treating and reducing halitosis.

Spirulina is pretty much a natural algae plant found in freshwater. The chlorophyll is actually what gives it its green color. Using spirulina is definitely worth a try since its side effects include increased energy as well as detoxing.

Plus there are a host of vitamins and antioxidants that this freshwater plant can provide. If you want to know how to get rid of bad breath due to tonsil stones you can try using spirulina in a few ways including:

  1. One way involves using a breath freshener that lists spirulina as one of the main ingredients.
  2. Another way is to mix up a tablespoon of spirulina in powder form in an 8 ounce glass of water and rinse your mouth out with it.
  3. There are also spirulina tablets that you can chew on a few times throughout the day to help elminate your bad breath.


One of the best natural remedies for halitosis due to tonsil stones is chlorophyll.

This green pigment is what gives the plants in our world their green color. Chlorophyll helps stop mouth odor by absorbing the odor causing compounds in your mouth.

This deodorizer and natural breath freshener can be used by taking it in capsule or liquid form. You can also find chlorophyll gum or chewable tablets to help rid yourself of bad breath.

You could also try chewing on some herbs that are rich in chlorophyll such as:

  1. Fresh sprigs of parsley
  2. Fresh basil
  3. Fresh cilantro

Even though you can use these chlorophyll rich herbs as a breath mint we still recommend taking chlorophyll tablets daily to get the best long term effect.

Streptococcus Salivarius k12

We’ve already talked a little about how to get rid of tonsil stones using oral probiotics, but the added benefit of these probiotics like the Streptococcus Salivarius k12 is that it fights halitosis exceptionally well.

Once inoculated, it helps keep your breath fresh and the rest of your body even healthier.

This strain of bacteria helps your mouth maintain the right balance of good/healthy oral bacteria thus preventing the anaerobic bacteria from causing the formation of stones and foul odor.

Grapeseed Extract

Grapeseed extract can be gargled a few times throughout the day to help dislodge tonsil stones and reduce bad breath.

The best way to use GSE is to add a few drops of it to hot water. The hot water plus grapeseed seed extract is a great way to loosen mucus that eventually turn into stones and lead to bad breath.

Try gargling with grapeseed extract first thing in the morning and before you go to bed.

Natural Antihistamines

As mentioned earlier allergies and sinus problems are a common cause of tonsil stones and bad breath due to the excessive amounts of mucus build up it causes in the nose, which eventually makes its way down to your mouth.

This accumulation of mucus in the mouth causes stones and foul odor so it makes sense to find away to block whatever is causing your allergy symptoms.

One of the best ways to do this is by using antihistamines to block the activity of histamine (the protein that causes all your allergy symptoms), which prevents you from having an allergic reaction or sinus symptoms when you come in contact with substances like dust or pollen that usually triggers it.

There are various over the counter antihistamines to stop allergies but they can often cause side effects. A much safer and sometimes more effective alternative is to use natural antihistamines like:

  • Vitamin C – Stops allergy and sinus symptoms by blocking histamine the same way over the counter medications do.
  • Bromelain – Pineapples are rich with bromelain, which is an enzyme that can reduce symptoms of allergies thanks to its antihistamine properties. Taking about 400 mg of bromelain supplement can help reduce mucus build up and post nasal drip.
  • Salt – One of the best natural antihistamines to reduce allergy symptoms such as mucus build up is salt. By placing a little unprocessed salt on your tongue and letting it get absorbed can help relieve your allergy symptoms when they start to flare up.

These natural antihistamines work great to reduce allergy symptoms that cause the formation of stones and also bad breath. Once you remove the mucus build up in your throat and around your mouth you should notice an improvement in your breath.


Your diet shouldn’t be overlooked if you’re trying to beat halitosis. To help stop bad breath some of the things you should eat include:

  • apple
  • carrots
  • celery
  • cucumber
  • water chestnuts

All these crisp vegetables and fruits will help control the growth of bacteria causing the foul odor. Foods you should stay away from as much as you can include:

  • Dairy products
  • Sugars
  • Processed foods

Avoiding dairy products like milk and ice cream are especially important as this can cause a build up of white coating on your tongue, and excess mucus to build up in your tonsils and throat that leads to bad breath.

You should also avoid alcoholic drinks and rinsing your mouth out with alcohol based mouthwash, as the alcohol will dry your mouth out and make the halitosis/bad breath even worse.

Dental Hygiene

One of the main causes of bad breath due to tonsil stones is poor dental hygiene. By practicing good oral hygiene habits on a daily basis you’ll be able to avoid halitosis and improve your oral health.

Things like brushing twice a day, scraping your tongue thoroughly, flossing, and rinsing out your mouth with an antibacterial mouthwash on a daily basis are some things you shouldn’t overlook.

When you brush your teeth be sure to brush the root of your mouth, your cheeks, and try to gently brush the toothbrush along the tonsils to help with tonsil stones and bad breath.

Other things worth trying…

  • Gargling with Salt Water
  • Colloidal Silver
  • MMS
  • Ozonated Therapy
  • Fermented Foods
  • Myrrh
  • Saline Solutions
  • Omega-3 Fatty Acids


Now that you know how to get rid of bad breath due to tonsil stones you have everything you need to feel confident in any social setting.

Give all these home remedies for tonsil stones and bad breath a try to increase your chances of getting rid of both these oral issues.

However, if your bad breath persists tonsil stones may not be causing the foul odor coming from your mouth. Halitosis or bad breath can also be caused by a cavity or a systemic imbalance such as gastrointestinal or upper respiratory tract disorders.

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