Treatments for children with bad breath
SUMMARY: It's not uncommon for children to suffer from halitosis, but there are many ways to treat it.
Posted: October 17, 2012
Although it is more common for adults to fall victim to halitosis, it is possible for children to suffer as well. As a parent, you may be nervous that your child is the only one who experiences bad breath, but maintaining a healthy mouth will help get rid of these issues. In most cases, the parent will notice the issue before the child.
Children who are suffering from halitosis may be suffering from allergies, sinusitis or an infection in the mouth such as strep throat. If your child complains about a sore throat and fever, the culprit is likely strep throat, which needs to be treated with antibiotics. A child that suffers from allergies may have bad breath due to their need to breathe through their mouth, which causes the mouth to dry out. If a parent realizes that chronic nasal congestion could be an issue, a more natural nasal spray could be a solution.
Poor eating habits can also be the cause of bad breath. Children who don’t eat enough fruits and vegetables, and snack on sugary treats could be creating a breeding ground for bacteria that causes bad breath. Making sure that your child is drinking enough water can also help combat these issues because water helps moisten the mouth and rid it of odor-causing bacteria.
Ridding the mouth of stinking breath starts with good hygiene. If children are suffering from this, parents should make sure they are thoroughly brushing with an SLS-free toothpaste, flossing and keeping the back of the tongue clean. These types of natural products are very popular for children, because parents want to avoid prescription medication. Luckily, halitosis in children is treatable and can be alleviated by simply being more healthy.