Halitosis is the scientific name for bad breath and is one of the most common oral concerns among children.
What Causes Bad Breath?
Poor Oral Hygiene: If your child is not brushing their teeth regularly or is not brushing them well enough, it can lead to bad breath. Plaque that is not brushed away can irritate the gums, and the tongue can harbor bacteria which can produce smelly odors.
Mouth Breathing: Your child may be breathing through their mouth as a result of a stuffy nose or as a sleep habit. Unfortunately, this dries out the mouth which results in bad breath.
Dehydration: Not drinking enough water will result in bad breath as it allows the mouth to dry out. This brings out bad breath.
Certain Foods: Just because your child’s breath smells funny does not mean there is something wrong. Take a look at the foods they have been eating as there may be an ingredient in them such as garlic or onion that is causing the smell.
Preventing Bad Breath
Basic Oral Hygiene: Brushing with an ADA accepted toothpaste and making sure your child also cleans their tongue will help promote fresh breath. Flossing helps remove particles wedged between teeth that could create odors too.
New Toothbrush: Make sure to get a new toothbrush every couple months and after every time your child is sick. Old toothbrushes can hold onto germs. Not to mention, your child will be excited to use their new toothbrush.
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