|It is quite common for a kid to wake up with stale breath – nothing that a bit of proper brushing and flossing cannot get rid of. But what can become a big problem is a kid with halitosis – that is bad breath that persists throughout the day. Not only can it become a little uncomfortable for your kids’ friends but also for other people who need to spend time with your kid.
Now the key to being able to get rid of bad breath in your children… You need to first know what could be causing it so that you can avoid these causes.And thereafter we’ll give you a few safe home remedies – we promise your kids won’t hate those!
What causes bad breath in children?
There can be a number of different causes for kids having bad breath:
- Bad breath in the morning can be because the mouth goes dry at night when saliva production is much less. This leads to growth of odor-causing bacteria in the mouth. However, for kids who tend to breathe through their mouth during the day, the same reason could be causing bad breath. A dry mouth is not being kept clean by the saliva and the bacteria can grow.
- Often children have the habit of sucking their thumb or on pacifiers – this can also cause bad breath.
- Sinus infections or blockages in the nasal cavity can also cause bad breath in children.
- Tonsillitis or infection resulting from food deposits in or near the tonsil can also cause bad breath.
The causes of bad breath can be many – but here’s how you can counter it:
|Teach them to clean their tongue|
|Flossing removes residual food from between teeth.|
|Encourage them to drink water.|
|Give them sugar free candy or gum to suck on or chew.|
|Give them a crunchy fruit, like an apple or a pear, to have at the end of a meal – this naturally cleans the teeth.|
|Make after-meal brushing mandatory in the house.|
|If none of the home remedies work – take your child to the dentist – there may be a more serious underlying cause!|
Expect your children to not be aware of the bad breath. It is quite a natural situation – they do not realize it. But you do! And now that you know how to tackle bad breath in children – go on, try them out!