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My child has bad breath: What do I do?

 

Having your kids brush their teeth before bed every night helps them learn good oral hygiene habits.  Although brushing your teeth twice per day is good for developing teeth, it is not always enough to stop bad breath from occurring.

Dental caries (cavities) and chipped fillings can also be a cause. Whether it’s a cavity, gum disease, or mouth sores, infections of the mouth can secrete an odorous scent. Kid specific toothpastes, help prevent issues from spreading. Brushing your teeth alone cannot heal a cavity. If your kids have tooth decay, it is time to see the dentist.

Dry mouth. Saliva helps to cleanse the mouth. When your child’s mouth is producing less saliva than normal, xerostomia may occur, which contributes to bad breath. Certain foods. If your child consumes foods that have a strong odor, like garlic, onions or specific spices, it can impact the freshness of his breath.

Medications. Sometimes, the way medication breaks down in the body can lead to bad breath. This process releases chemicals that may result in bad breath.

 

Treatment for bad breath

  • Good dental hygiene is the best way to prevent bad breath.
  • Your child should brush her teeth and tongue twice a day, as well as floss every day. She could also try using an antibacterial mouthwash.
  • When your child brushes his teeth, make sure he also cleans his tongue, as bacteria can collect and grow on the tongue.
  • Make sure your child drinks plenty of water and cuts down on sugary drinks and caffeinated drinks like coke and coffee.
  • Remember to get a new toothbrush every few months, because dull bristles cannot effectively remove plaque and debris from the teeth.
  • Avoid halitosis and other oral health concerns by scheduling regular checkups and professional cleanings with a dentist.

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