Bad Breath Treatments

Halitosis Causes

As caring parents it is entirely our job to make sure that the well being of our children is well taken care of and that we are not missing any steps in making sure that they are well taken care of.

However sometimes we can let things slip, or ignore certain things. Have you smelled your child's breath lately? Or do you hold your breath and ignore the problem or even maybe your child has come home from school because he/she was made fun of for having bad breath.

As parents we often turn to scolding our young embarrassed child for maybe not brushing his teeth. But that is not always the culprit. Bad breath, or halitosis as it is medically known, can be caused by a few different reasons. Sometimes an underlying medical condition, dental problem, or even in some very rare cases a psychological problem.

The good news is most of the time it is not something to be too anxious about. Most of the time halitosis is cause by one of two things in children. As your child and most adults who also suffer from halitosis sleep you don't secrete saliva and your muscles are in a relaxed state. Since children require  more sleep than us as adults that gives anaerobic bacteria time to sit and make that awful smell. But if this is not the problem it could be something as simple as postnasal drip where the mucous from the nasal canal travels into the throat and mouth. As it sits on the back of the tongue it decomposes and also makes that awful smell.

But like what was stated earlier its nothing to really get worked up over. You can always talk to your pediatrician about it.

So at this point you might be wondering how to get rid of bad breath? Most of the time bad breath or halitosis is nothing but an oral problem effecting the area under the gum line, between the teeth and on the back of the tongue. In 85% of both children and adults with halitosis the problem had been linked to bacteria on the tongue. On their tongue can be found a layer of epithelial cells, blood cells, and of course bacteria as we all know. Just one epithelial cell can contain more than 100 bacteria.

So what can you do about this bacteria and its smell? Since halitosis is the worse during the morning making sure your child does their oral routine regiment after waking up. Making sure your child has a good oral hygiene regiment is probably the number one key to tackling halitosis problems.. Making sure your child is brushing between meals, before bed, and right when they get up along with flossing will help.

Another tool in this that is easily found in some stores is a tongue scraper. This tool is used to scrape the back of and top of the tongue where food particles, plaque, and other not so appealing things can hide from your tooth brush. Mouthwash can be used by older children but it is highly suggested that younger children should not use mouthwash as they could swallow it accidentally.

Making sure your child is brushing properly by also taking care of your own oral hygiene can be helpful as well since you are a prime influence on your children as they learn and grow.

Other helpful hints in helping your child tackle the onset of halitosis is to make sure that they are drinking enough fluids during the day. Drinking plenty of fluids and rising their mouth out regularly with water can help keep their mouth from getting dry and causing that odor to return.

Making sure your child goes to the dentist on a regular basis can also help.

Halitosis can be confusing and embarrassing for both children and adults so as long as you try and comfort your child during the process of battling the problem halitosis causes you should be okay. If you can not tackle the problem from the comfort of your own home going to the dentist or doctor will help you in fixing the problem and making both you and your child happy and comfortable.

Remember to no make a big deal of it so your child doesn't feel as if you are making fun of them.