Tonsil stones are hard white or yellow deposits on the tonsils that may lead to bad breath, throat pain and difficulty swallowing. They could also be an indicator of infection or another underlying condition.
Even though tonsil stones may look threatening, they usually don’t pose any real health concerns. Tonsil stones form when food debris such as dead cells and mucus get lodged between the tonsils’ crevices.
This article will list causes, symptoms, and treatments to educate you about the niche. At the end of the article, some product and promotion ideas will be detailed.
Your tonsils are oval-shaped pads of tissue at the back of your throat that serve an integral role in your immune system by filtering bacteria and viruses, producing disease-fighting white blood cells, and blocking germs from entering your airways. Their surface has small gaps and pits where food, bacteria, saliva, or mucus can get trapped, eventually hardening into tonsil stones which can then cause bad breath, sore throats, swollen glands in neck and jaw regions, or simply an unpleasant sensation in the throat.
Your doctor can diagnose tonsil stones by looking in your mouth and throat, listening to your breathing, observing your tongue, and taking a culture from your throat.
If your tonsil stones aren’t too large, manual removal could be possible at home using methods such as gargling with warm salt water, or using an oral irrigator (a low-pressure mouth rinse). Care should be taken not to use sharp objects such as tweezers or the end of a toothbrush, as this can cause damage or bleeding. Alternatively, try swishing oil around in your mouth for 10-15 minutes and spitting it out, an ancient Ayurvedic practice which may help loosen tonsil stones
You could purchase a kit to remove tonsil stones, with an attached tool for safe dislodging without injuring yourself. A kit from a reputable supplier will avoid tools with sharp edges.
Are you at risk for tonsil stones? Good oral hygiene and healthy eating will greatly decrease your odds of tonsil stones, including: brushing your teeth, flossing, mouthwash, and drinking an appropriate amount of water daily.
Tonsil stones may go undetected for long time periods, yet their symptoms can be serious, including bad breath (halitosis), difficulty swallowing, sore throat pain or soreness. If you suspect tonsil stones, make an appointment with your physician for an assessment.
Tonsil stones typically manifest themselves by appearing as white debris on your tonsils, which you may be able to detect by opening your mouth or looking in your throat. Other symptoms of tonsil stones include throat discomfort or hoarseness, sore throat pain, red and swollen tonsils. Your doctor may prescribe mouthwash or gargle for loosening debris accumulation, while protecting you against infection.
Recurrent strep throat or other bacterial and viral infections put people at an increased risk for tonsil stones. Chronic inflammation can lead to the formation of tissue fibrosis that makes stones easier to form. Other risk factors may include poor oral hygiene practices, smoking habits or certain medicines such as antibiotics.
If the tonsil stones do not clear on their own, with the ideas mentioned previously, you may require additional treatment from a physician. Your physician may suggest an antibiotic prescription to address the infection at its source and may also suggest decongestants to improve symptoms such as throat pain, difficulty swallowing and bad breath. Furthermore, large or severely symptomatic tonsils may need to be surgically removed in some instances.
There are ways to prevent tonsil stones from forming, though. Regular brushing, flossing, and using non-alcohol mouthwash as a rinse, can help remove debris from the tonsils, while decreasing bacteria counts in your mouth. A tongue scraper may also help reduce bacteria build-up and improve bad breath (halitosis).
Anti-inflammatory medications like ibuprofen may also help treat tonsil stones by decreasing swelling and making removal easier, and improving symptoms such as sore throat or difficulty swallowing.
Some doctors suggest coblation cryptolysis, which uses laser technology to smooth out crevices that trap debris in the tonsils and lead to tonsil stones. While this procedure is less painful than tonsillectomy with local anesthesia, doctors usually only advise this as an option if other therapies have not proven successful.
Promoting The Niche
A website with quality articles about causes, symptoms, and treatments would be the best method for promotion. Find the best pictures that show the problem in detail. However, make sure your images do not have any copyright issues. You may have to pay a licensing fee for quality images in this niche.
You must present your website in a manner that gives data and practical advice, without attempting to diagnose or treat any disease. You must be very careful of the content you publish concerning any topical that may be considered ‘medical’, or other types of professional advice. This may be the time to consult an attorney and have a strong medical disclaimer on your site.
Look at your competition before starting this niche. Estabished medical sites are difficult to compete with, because of aged articles and their authority in professional topics.
Keyword search would be a common way to get traffic to your site. Tonsil stones generates more than 500,000 monthly searches. Quality images on social media would be beneficial also.
Affiliate offers include the tonsil stone book on ClickBank, as well as tonsil stone removal kits from online retailers, such as Amazon.
Another possibility is to generate leads for doctors of Otolaryngology, also known as ear, nose and throat.
This article is presented from a marketing perspective only, and is not intended to provide any form of medical advice.