Did your child ever tell you that he or she has bad breath? Was there ever a ‘crying incident’ because your child’s friend accused him or her of having stinky breath? Well, the ugly truth is that bad breath happens to all of us. It can happen at some point in time, and even our kids are not exempted from having it.
What causes bad breath? Bad breath is the common name for the medical condition known as Halitosis. Bad breath can be caused by many things, such as poor dental hygiene, ingested food and drinks, and even sometimes due to certain medical problems.
So what you do if your child has a bad breath? The good news is that bad breath is not permanent and can be treated through improvement in oral habits and other ways. What is important is to identify the possible reason behind why your child has bad breath, and take action on it.
Bring Your Child to the Dentist
We recommend that you bring your child to his or her pediatric dentist. Your pediatric dentist can clean your child’s teeth and examine your child’s mouth for any potential oral or medical problem that may be causing the bad breath and recommend the necessary steps in order to treat it. The dentist will most likely smell your child’s mouth to identify the kind of foul breath. This is because some medical conditions produce certain distinct smell in the mouth, like diabetes and tonsillitis, among others.
Properly and Regularly Brush and Floss
Another simple thing that you can do is to encourage your child to regularly brush and floss his or her teeth twice a day, for two minutes each. Do not forget to floss your child’s teeth afterward as well as food particles can get stuck in between the teeth causing the foul smell.
Tackle the Tongue too!
You can help your child in teeth brushing and make sure to brush the tongue too since bacteria can also develop in the tongue. Food and drink residues usually stay in the tongue and, when not removed immediately, can also cause stinky breath.
Gargle for the Gums
Just like brushing and flossing, it is important for your child to gargle especially after meals when food usually gets stuck in between the teeth and gums. This will help in preventing swollen gums and other gum diseases that may cause bad breath.
Drink Lots of Water
Encourage your child to drink lots of water every day. Dehydration usually leads to dry mouth. Saliva is needed to eliminate the bacteria that may have settled in your child’s mouth. When your child sleeps or when he or she breathes through the mouth, saliva production is affected, hence leading to dry mouth.
Let your child understand that bad breath is something that can be treated and his or her cooperation is needed. By working together, you can bid your child’s bad breath goodbye.
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