Bad Breath in Children

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It's important to uncover the cause of bad breath in children. An illness, not just poor dental hygiene, might be responsible. A healthy mouth should have no obvious odor.

A healthy mouth shouldn't stink.
A healthy mouth shouldn't stink. (Image: Chris Amaral/Digital Vision/Getty Images)

Look at Dental Habits First

Bad breath can come from food debris lodged between teeth. Neglecting to brush the tongue can also lead to mouth odor. A buildup of foul-smelling yeast can easily form on the back of the tongue.

Make sure that the tongue is getting brushed.
Make sure that the tongue is getting brushed. (Image: Dejan Ristovski/iStock/Getty Images)

Help Children Learn to Floss

Foods such as garlic or onion lodged between the teeth can harbor odor. Show children how to floss, and reward them for flossing daily.

Teach your child how to floss properly.
Teach your child how to floss properly. (Image: Wojciech Gajda/iStock/Getty Images)

Stay Alert to Health Issues

When dental hygiene is good, look for other answers. A strong sweet odor to the breath can indicate juvenile diabetes. A foul odor may indicate a hiatal hernia in the esophagus.

Be on the lookout with other issues.
Be on the lookout with other issues. (Image: monkeybusinessimages/iStock/Getty Images)

Discuss the Issue with Your Child

Use sensitivity, but discuss bad breath issues with your child. If your child has sinus problems or breathes with his mouth open, teach him to use a germ-killing mouthwash.

Be sensitive when discussing your child's bad breath.
Be sensitive when discussing your child's bad breath. (Image: Purestock/Purestock/Getty Images)

Let the Doctor Help if Needed

If your child tries various ways to alleviate bad breath, and nothing works, enlist your doctor. An exam for infected sinuses, allergies that prevent proper breathing or a stomach problem might be the root cause.

Enlist your doctor if nothing is working.
Enlist your doctor if nothing is working. (Image: Catherine Yeulet/iStock/Getty Images)

Mints and Gum are Temporary Fixes

Allow your child to occasionally chew sugar-free gum or use mints. Help her become aware of the social aspects of fresh breath. Focus on creating fresh breath, versus criticizing your child for "bad breath."

Give your child a sugar-free gum or mint.
Give your child a sugar-free gum or mint. (Image: jkenzer/iStock/Getty Images)

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