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Child Bad Breath

Why Does My Child Have Bad Breath?

By: | Tags: | Comments: 0 | October 10th, 2018

Some people think that children are not prone to bad breath. They are. Even when kids brush their teeth twice a day and practice other healthy oral habits, they could have bad breath for various reasons.

Child Bad Breath

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Foreign objects

This is the last thing that many people would consider as the reason behind their children’s bad breath. Small children have the habit of putting foreign objects into their mouth and nostrils, resulting in the objects getting lodged there. A foreign object that gets stuck in the nasal passages could cause bad breath. If you think that an obstruction could be contributing to your child’s foul breath, see a physician for help.

Sinus infection

When your child complains about a sore throat or a stuffy nose, they could be suffering from a sinus infection, which results in the collection of fluids in the nasal passages and throat. When this happens, your child’s nasal passages and throat will be ideal breeding grounds for bacteria that cause bad breath. Take your child to the doctor for examination. If the doctor finds a sinus infection, he or she may recommend antibiotics.

Dry mouth

Children may forget to drink water, resulting in dehydration. The lack of fluids in the mouth is another reason behind the bad breath of your child. Encourage your children to drink plenty of water because a dry mouth facilitates bacterial growth that can lead to tooth decay and cavities.

Swollen tonsils

If your child has bad breath, one area that needs to be checked is the tonsils. Get a flashlight and take a look at their tonsils, which should be pink and spot-free when healthy. Infected tonsils are swollen and red with white spots. Swollen tonsils are usually accompanied by bad breath. If your child is having problems with their tonsils, take them to the doctor as soon as possible.

Tooth decay and gum disease

Even if your child brushes their teeth twice a day, when there is tooth decay or gum disease, they will have bad breath. Take your child to the dentist regularly to help prevent and eliminate these problems.

Do not take your child’s consistent bad breath for granted. It will not likely go away until the underlying reasons have been resolved. Seek out help from a doctor or dentist as appropriate.

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