Childhood Halitosis and How to Prevent it
Chronic bad breath, also known as halitosis, can affect people of any age, including children. Many people turn to minty gum, breath mints, or mouth sprays to try and cover up the odor, but these options won’t rid the mouth of the bacteria causing the odor. Halitosis can be embarrassing, especially for children and teens. Fortunately, there are a few ways to combat the problem.
Helping Kids Avoid Halitosis
Below are just a few ways to make sure your child’s mouth is healthy and his or her breath is fresh:
- Brush & Floss Daily – When brushing your child’s teeth or supervising as they brush their own teeth, make sure the gum tissue is being brushed as well. Bacteria will sometimes hide under the gum line and can cause gum disease and bad breath. Your child should be brushing for at least two minutes with fluoride toothpaste, twice a day.
- Stay Away from Smelly Foods – It’s obvious that the things we eat will have an impact on the way our breath smells. We’re not just talking about onions and garlic, but even overly sugary foods can cause bad breath. Keeping your child away from too much sugar will be good for his or her health and his or her breath as well!
- Use a Tongue Scraper – Your child’s tongue is moist, warm, and the perfect environment for bacteria to thrive. Use a tongue scraper to rid the tongue of bacteria. You can purchase disposable tongue scrapers at the drugstore. When using a tongue scraper, make sure you’re scraping from the back of the tongue to the tip, spitting, and then swishing with water.
- Visit Our Office Regularly – Lastly, make sure to bring your child in for a regular dental cleaning and exam every six months. A professional cleaning at our office will rid the entire mouth of bacteria, even the kind that likes to hide in nooks and crannies of the mouth!
Here at SpringRock Dental, your child’s dental health and his or her confidence are both important to us. If your child is being affected by halitosis, please contact our Aurora, Colorado family dental office today.