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5 Possible Reasons Your Child Has Bad Breath

Bad breath doesn’t just plague adults – even people of miniature proportions suffer from the occasional case of halitosis. Here are five causes of foul-smelling breath in kids.

  1. Tooth Decay

When teeth rot out from decay, it leaves a lingering odor in the mouth, particularly if an abscess develops. Bad breath could mean your child needs to see a dentist.

  1. Poor Hygiene

This is a very common cause of bad breath and one of the easiest to remedy. If your child isn’t brushing their teeth twice daily, then food and bacteria can accumulate to some super-smelly levels.

Poor teeth cleaning skills will lead to other problems like cavities and gum disease. Stinky breath may even affect your child’s social skills. Teaching your child proper oral hygiene is essential to their health and confidence.

  1. Gingivitis

Gums get inflamed in response to lots of plaque bacteria on the teeth. If the infection gets bad enough, the mouth will start to reek from debris and pus.

  1. Respiratory Problems

If your child has issues breathing through their nose, then they may be forced to inhale and exhale mainly through their mouth. This dries out the oral tissues and contributes to a unique smell. Allergies can play a significant role in malodor!

  1. Digestive Issues

Some kids with digestive problems may experience indigestion and heartburn that send stomach acid into the mouth and cause smelly breath.

These causes of bad breath are also very common in adults. By addressing your child’s problem now, you’ll give him or her the chance at having excellent dental health as an adult. Visit your child’s pediatric dentist to find out what you can do to promote good oral hygiene at home.

Posted on behalf of:
Elegant Smiles
1955 Cliff Valley Way NE #100
Brookhaven, GA 30329


Does Bad Breath Mean You’re At Risk for Heart Disease?

Posted in Gum Disease

Bad breath and heart disease? That escalated quickly.

Let’s clarify one thing: when we say “bad breath,” we’re not referring to the garlic bread you had at lunch today.

The odor you need to be concerned about is connected to something far more serious.

Your Heart And Your Gums

Gum disease starts out small, usually in the form of gingivitis.

Gingivitis is reversible gum inflammation triggered by plaque bacteria. If it chronically persists, then it can worsen into periodontitis, a much deeper infection affecting ligaments and bone beneath the gums.

Growing research indicates that there is a strong connection between your gum and heart health. High levels of gum inflammation are associated with arterial plaque deposits and inflammation that can lead to blood clots. These clots, in turn, put you at risk for heart attack and stroke.

Periodontal Disease – Do You Know The Signs?

Periodontal disease is a common but silent disease. Most adults are affected by it at some point in their lives but don’t realize it. This is because your teeth and gums don’t usually feel any different, at first.

Look out for these classic tell-tale signs of periodontal disease:

  • Bleeding on brushing and flossing
  • Gum recession
  • Teeth feeling loose
  • Swollen gum line
  • Bad breath

Yes, bad breath could indicate that you have a chronic gum infection going on. Periodontitis can cause a powerfully offensive odor because of the raging inflammation and dying gum tissues going on around your teeth.

If you (or others close to you) have complaints of bad breath despite your best efforts to mask it, there could be something very serious to blame. Call your local dentist to plan a gum evaluation.

Posted on behalf of:
Kennesaw Mountain Dental Associates
1815 Old 41 Hwy NW #310
Kennesaw, GA 30152
(770) 927-7751


Chronic Bad Breath

Posted in Bad Breath

Chronic bad breath should not be ignored. Beyond missing out on a first kiss, and beyond it affecting your professional life, chronic bad breath can be a sign of a serious dental health problem. Mouthwashes, gum, and mints will only mask chronic bad breath; they do not address the cause of the problem. Working with your dentist can help you pinpoint causes to your bad breath and can help to improve your breath.

The most common causes of chronic bad breath are related to diet and hygiene practices. Most cases of chronic bad breath are caused by the presence of bacteria in the mouth. When bacteria remains in the mouth, it will build and decay and will cause very bad breath. Practicing good oral hygiene at home can help tremendously to improve the smell of bad breath. By flossing daily, thoroughly brushing the teeth, and by visiting the dentist regularly can help to get chronic bad breath under control. Smoking and heavy alcohol consumption are also culprits to chronic bad breath. By cutting back on alcohol and by quitting smoking altogether, the enhancement in one’s breath can be astonishing.

Your dentist will work with you to determine the cause(s) of your bad breath. If there is a serious medical problem, your dentist can work with your regular physician to customize a treatment plan for you. If your chronic bad breath is causes by dry mouth, a moisturizing mouth spray may be prescribed to moisten the mouth and allow for the saliva to wash away the bacteria that causes bad breath.

You don’t have to live with the embarrassment of bad breath. Talk with your dentist for and evaluation and treatment options today.

Posted on behalf of Dr. Byron Scott, Springhill Dental Health Center


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