When it comes to oral hygiene it is always best to start early! Teaching your children good dental habits from a young age will help them keep up the routine throughout their life. As an adult, bad breath is usually a result of coffee or smoking tobacco. Since children are not subjected to these factors, where does the bad breath come from?
Here are a few surprising causes of bad breath in children:
Foreign Objects – Kids are curious creatures, sometimes this can be a good enough reason to trap foreign objects up their nose. These object can get lodged in the nasal passage and cause a nasty smell.
Swollen Tonsils – Healthy tonsils are pink and spot free. Take a look at your child’s tonsils. If they are inflamed, red, and have a few spots, they most likely are infected and are causing a bad smell.
Dry Mouth – Kids are usually running around and don’t have much time to stay hydrated. Not getting enough water will produce less saliva for washing away bad odours.
Tooth Decay – This is usually the worst cause of bad breath since no amount of brushing can get rid of an oral infection odour.
Don’t make the mistake of thinking that your child’s bad breath is from skipping bed time brushing! To book an appointment and get to the bottom of your child’s bad breath contact Maple Family Dentistry!