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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


Why Does My Child Have Bad Breath?

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.

Posted on behalf of:
Grateful Dental
2000 Powers Ferry Rd SE #1
Marietta, GA 30067
(678) 593-2979

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