Although you make sure your child is brushing their teeth every night and morning, you may still notice that they often have bad breath. While brushing teeth is an essential part of a healthy oral care routine, it is not always enough to stop bad breath. Continue reading for a few surprising causes of bad breath in children and how to prevent them.
If your kids are ill with a sore throat or stuffy nose, the sinus infection could be the cause of bad breath. Sinus issues can cause fluid to gather in the nasal passages and throat, which makes your child’s throat a breeding ground for bacteria. This will often result in bad breath that can’t be cured by tooth brushing and mouthwash alone. Instead, you should call your child’s doctor for a visit, as antibiotics may need to be prescribed.
If your child has bad breath but no sinus infection, grab a flashlight and check on their tonsils. Healthy tonsils should be pink with no spots, but infected tonsils will look red, inflamed, and have white spots. Bacteria can collect in swollen tonsils, and in addition to the smell of infected tonsils, can result in very bad breath. If your child’s tonsils are swollen, take them to their pediatrician for an examination and antibiotics.
Dry mouth is a common problem for adults, but your child’s bad breath may also be caused by dry mouth. Kids are often active, and after recess or a sporting event, they may forget to stay hydrated. If kids don’t get enough water, especially after running around, their mouths will produce less saliva for getting rid of odor-causing bacteria. Dry mouth may not seem serious, but the lack of saliva can actually lead to tooth decay or cavities. The best way to prevent dry mouth is to make sure your kids drink enough water throughout the day and teach them the importance of staying hydrated.
Keep Your Smile Healthy with Affinity
While these tips can help with some tooth and gum sensitivity issues, we know the best way of correcting the problem is to visit your dentist regularly. Affinity Dental, located in Catonsville, MD, has six dentists and provides a variety of services from pediatric dentistry to orthodontics. Affinity Dental is capable of meeting all your needs. With 170 combined years of treating a variety of dental needs, Affinity is committed to providing quality dental care. To get your teeth back into good health and make your smile bright, call us at 410-719-7900 or contact us online. For other useful tips on dental care follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.