November 29, 2015


What could be causing my child's bad breath?
Healthy children (and adults, too) sometimes have bad breath, or halitosis. The most likely culprits:
    -A dry mouth. If your child is breathing through his mouth – because he has a stuffy nose, for example – then the bacteria in his mouth are more likely to grow undisturbed
-A foreign object. A pea, bean, a small toy, or another object that your child has put in his nose can cause him to have bad breath. This is especially common in babies and toddlers, who are notorious for putting things where they don't belong!
-Poor hygiene. Normal bacteria live in the mouth and interact with leftover food particles between the teeth, at the gum line, on the tongue, or on the surface of the tonsils at the back of your child's throat. This causes bad breath, especially if food is in the mouth for a long time.
-Cavities, tartar buildup, or a dental abscess. These can affect children's teeth at any age and cause bad breath. (Gum disease, or gingivitis, is a culprit in adults, but not usually in children.)
-Eating pungent foods. If your child enjoys foods such as garlic and onions, they can temporarily affect his breath as they work through his system.
-An illness or condition. Something like a sinus infection, tonsillitis, or even seasonal allergies can cause bad breath. And some children with gastroesophageal reflux disease (regurgitation of their food) have foul breath.
What can I do about my child's bad breath?
In most cases, good oral hygiene is the answer
If your child is a baby, try to wipe or brush his/her gums and any teeth after each feeding and before bedtime. You can also gently brush his/her tongue. (No need to use toothpaste at this age.)
Once your child is past the baby stage, brush his/her teeth (and eventually teach him/her to brush his/her teeth) at least twice a day and again before bedtime. Until he/she turns 2, use just a dot of toothpaste the size of a grain of rice (or a thin smear). After his/her second birthday, use a pea-size amount, and when he/she turns 5, use an amount the size of a small bean.
Take your child for regular dental checkups to make sure that his/her teeth are healthy and clean. If they are and your child still has bad breath, take him/her to his/her doctor for a checkup.
Make sure your child washes his/her hands frequently with soap and water if he/she sucks his/her thumb or fingers, and wash his/her security objects often. If your baby uses a pacifier, sterilize it by running it through the dishwasher or dropping it in boiling water.
Finally, don't make your child feel self-conscious about his/her bad breath. Try to deal with it matter of factly, even if it embarrasses you a little.
Should my child use mouthwash?
No, because mouthwash will only mask the problem. (Besides, if your child isn't yet preschool age, he/she will probably have trouble swishing and spitting.) Just make sure that his/her teeth are brushed several times a day.

1 comment:

Queen LaGlamour Claire Oby said...

HahahahaπŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ I will tell my son of 2yrs who doesn't want anyone to brush his teeth...he thinks he is man enough to brush his own teeth aloneπŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚...thanks baby..