Parents can help their kids focus on oral health
|By Dr. Harold Katz - Bad Breath Expert|
SUMMARY: Kids are more prone to bad breath than just about anyone. They are generally uninterested in brushing or rinsing with mouthwash. To make matters worse, the sweet tooth of a child is generally unmatched by adults. These factors often combine to result in powerful halitosis in children.
Posted: November 3, 2010
Kids are more prone to bad breath than just about anyone. They are generally uninterested in brushing or rinsing with mouthwash. To make matters worse, the sweet tooth of a child is generally unmatched by adults. These factors often combine to result in powerful halitosis in children.
So why should you be concerned if your son experiences bad breath every once in a while? First, the condition may lead to teasing among his peers and possible cause his teachers to have a lower opinion of him. These social and academic problems have a way of mounting over time, and could grow into a serious hindrance.
Secondly - and equally importantly - bad breath is often the first warning sign of serious oral health problems. Halitosis can be particularly strong in the early stages of gingivitis, which can result in the loss of teeth and bone tissue as well as bacterial infections that spread throughout the body. If you notice that your child has halitosis, it is time to act.
The first thing you should do is make sure they are brushing at least twice each day. This is the simplest step that a person can take to improve their oral health. The easiest way to encourage brushing is to make it a part of a ritual before they head off to school in the morning and before going to bed at night.
Children are notorious consumers of sugary sweets. This can cause major detriment to their oral health and the condition of their breath. Sugar raises pH levels in the mouth, making the environment more acidic. Additionally, the sugar forms a sticky substance that adheres to the surfaces of the mouth. If it is not removed it hardens, which can irritate the gums and encourage bacterial growth.
Bad breath and other oral health conditions like cavities are common in youths. However, they don't have to be. By focusing on hygiene, you may help your child avoid these problems and the other issues that come along with them.
While encouraging them to take better care of their mouths, it may be a good idea to have the most effective oral care products in the house. The specialty breath freshening toothpastes and mouthwashes from TheraBreath may help them eliminate many of the odor causing bacteria that contribute to halitosis and gingivitis.