As a parent, you no doubt want your children to have confidence in themselves. When bad breath strikes, however, it can be difficult to smile and talk to others with confidence. Even more important is the health of your child. Bad breath can be a sign of serious underlying issues. Here are some factors to consider in determining the cause of your son or daughter’s bad breath:
Constantly breathing through the mouth keeps it dry, allowing stinky bacteria to flourish. Mouth-breathing could be a sign of sinus obstruction or allergies.
Poor Oral Hygiene
If your child has difficulty in brushing, flossing, cleaning his or her tongue, and rinsing regularly, then a chronic buildup of plaque bacteria will lend itself to a persistent odor.
Certain medications can cause dry mouth. This may be an unavoidable side effect of vital medication, so be sure to discuss expected side-effects with your child’s doctor.
Rampant Tooth Decay
Cavities are lesions that occur in teeth when bacteria eat away at them. A lack of regular dental care can allow cavities to run wild. If there is extensive decay, then the rotting teeth will give off a stench.
Underlying Medical Concerns
Many digestive issues will present bad breath as a symptom. Your child’s diet may need to be altered if the bad breath is not the result of a dental issue. Respiratory complications are also potential causes.
Your child’s bad breath is something you should take seriously. Your dentist will provide regular exams to ensure that your son or daughter’s dental condition is healthy and stable and to instruct your child in proper oral hygiene techniques.
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