Reasons for Bad Breath in Children

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While you might be diligent about keeping your kids on a regular oral schedule at home, there may be times that bad breath, also known as halitosis, can creep up on them.

But why does this happen? Your little one’s not so fresh breath might be telling you more than you realize!

3 Reasons for Bad Breath in Children

1. Lack of Proper Hygiene.
You may be watching your child brush their teeth and floss every day, but are they doing it correctly? If plaque is building up and a lot of bacteria is still lingering after brushing, it can contribute to bad breath. Ensure your child is brushing their tongue as well! The tongue is another place where bacteria likes to hide out. By coaching your child on proper brushing and oral care, you can help prevent the onset of bad breath.

2. The Foods You’re Eating!
Many different types of foods and drinks can cause bad breath. Some of the worst food culprits include:

  • Garlic
  • Spices
  • Candy
  • Soda
  • Onions

If your child eats foods that are known to cause stinky breath, have them brush their teeth after eating and use a mouth rinse for kids to remove particles or any sticky residue that is left behind.

3. Infections or Illness.
Bad breath could be a result of an infection or illness. For example, a sinus infection, strep throat or tonsillitis could bring on less than desirable breath.  Dehydration and dry mouth may also be a cause for foul mouth odors.

If your child has less than fresh breath, it could be due to one of the issues above. Schedule an appointment to come and see us so we can get to the root of the problem as soon as possible!