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5 Surprising Reasons for Bad Breath in Children

November 22, 2019

Filed under: Uncategorized — fairfaxdental @ 5:11 pm

young boy at dentistAnyone can experience bad breath, even children. Although it’s often thought to only affect adults, young mouths can also develop lingering odors. If the problem is persistent, it’s easy to attribute it to poor brushing or flossing habits. While this can be the case, here are five surprising reasons for bad breath in children.

Sinus Infection

If your child has recently complained about a stuffy nose or a sore throat, they may need a trip to their doctor. A sinus infection could be the cause of their bad breath. Bacteria in the throat or nasal passages can be a leading source of odors. Unfortunately, a toothbrush and floss won’t be enough to treat it. Their doctor may need to prescribe antibiotics to clear the infection to resolve the issue at its source.

Foreign Objects

Children are curious, which means they often find tight places to stick objects to see if they will fit. Believe it or not, the nose is often a child’s favorite place to give this a try. The nasal passages are the perfect size for small beads, beans, food, and other small objects to get stuck. This can lead to a horrid smell. If your child is battling bad breath, it’s best to check their nose for any obstructions.

Swollen Tonsils

The tonsils are in the back of your child’s mouth. They should be a healthy pink and spot-free. If an infection develops, the tonsils can be the cause of a sour smell. If your child’s tonsils look red, swollen, or have white patches, they’ll need a trip to their doctor for antibiotics.

Dry Mouth

Healthy saliva production is important for cleansing the mouth of harmful bacteria that can lead to odors. If your child experiences dry mouth, it can cause bacteria to thrive. This is especially common for children who are very active. You can help keep them healthy and odor-causing bacteria at bay by encouraging them to drink plenty of water. This will help combat the odor and reduce bacteria that can also lead to cavities.

Oral Issues: Tooth Decay and Gum Disease

Untreated oral health issues can create a bad smell, like tooth decay or gum disease. Routine dental care can detect oral health concerns while they are still small while also preventing them from occurring in the first place. If you can’t find the cause of your child’s bad breath, don’t wait until their next semi-annual appointment. Visit their dentist to pinpoint the problem.

Stop the Odor Today!

If changes to your child’s oral hygiene habits aren’t enough to stop your child’s bad breath, your dentist can work with you to address the underlying cause of the odor.

About Fairfax Dental Esthetics

Your dentist in Fairfax caters to the young smiles in our community to ensure they have the foundation they need to thrive. Our state-of-the-art office features the latest technologies and amenities to enhance your child’s comfort during their appointments. If you’re ready to help your child achieve a fantastic smile, contact our office today to schedule their next visit.


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