Bad breath isn’t limited to adults. Children can suffer from halitosis that stems from a variety of causes, but there’s usually a way to conquer each cause of children’s halitosis.

Here are the 3 most common causes of bad breath in children (and adults).

-Food debris
If forgotten, food debris left in the mouth can give cavities the fuel they need to flourish which can result in characteristic bad breath.
Solution: Rinse after meals for 30 seconds

-Dry mouth
A dry mouth can lead to recurring bad breath. Usually, dry mouth is caused by poor saliva flow which stems from a lack of water or inadequate hydration.
Solution: Improve Saliva Production
Make sure your child gets enough water – 8 to 10 cups per day.

-Poor oral hygiene
The number one cause of halitosis in children is poor oral hygiene routines.
Solution: Develop a Good Oral Health Routine
Make sure your child brushes twice per day for two minutes at a time, and flosses once per day. Be sure to clearly communicate when they are to brush and floss and be sure that they adhere to a consistent schedule. Gentle parental reminders can go a long way in keeping children healthier.

Children’s halitosis stinks – but it can be beaten. If your child’s breath is consistently smelly, then schedule a visit with our office.

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