Bad breath or Halitosis is mostly referred to as a problem that affects only the adults who don’t brush their teeth, consume lots of coffee, smoke cigarettes, or have an underlying health condition. Actually, bad breath can affect anyone of any age, even if they brush daily.
Bad breath usually just depends on what we put into our mouths or how often we brush our teeth. The most common culprits are garlic and onions, while sugar and starch may also add to them. Could you be packing bad-breath lunches for your child?
Here are a few tips for your child for fresh “back-to-school” breath:
One of the main causes of Halitosis in children is poor brushing habits. If your child is not brushing properly, then the food debris and plaque from their teeth and gums may form a stinky buildup. Not just that, when bacteria start feeding on the sugars in your mouth, the sulfur compound produced has a foul smell.
So make your child brush teeth twice a day for two minutes, floss between teeth at least once a day, and also scrape their tongue. Treating bad breath in your child is similar to introducing them to good dental hygiene habits.
2. Drink Enough Water
Another main cause of bad breath is dry mouth. Dry mouth may occur due to certain medications, medical conditions, or dehydration. Whatever the condition is, it is necessary to address it. It is the saliva that helps in rinsing away bacteria and food debris from your mouth. If there is not enough saliva production, oral bacteria get excessive, developing bad breath. Children often skip drinking water but encourage them to stay well-hydrated and sip water from their favorite water bottle throughout the day. This can help in getting rid of dry mouth and bad breath. If it still persists, then we would advise you to visit your dentist.
3. Visit the Dentist
It is common to have usual “morning breath,” but if your child routinely has bad breath, then it’s time to see the dentist. The other symptoms of Halitosis are untreated decay, gum disease, or oral infection. The dentist can easily identify the root cause of the problem and treat it accordingly.
Dr. Peter Yeh, DDS at Covington Signature Dentistry, can help improve the oral health of our patients while transforming their smiles. Call us at (253) 638-9955 or schedule an appointment online.