Common Oral Concerns for Children

SOMERVILLE, NJ, November 07, 2018 /24-7PressRelease/ — Halitosis is the scientific name for bad breath and is one of the most common oral concerns among children.

What Causes Bad Breath?

Poor Oral Hygiene: If your child is not brushing their teeth regularly or is not brushing them well enough, it can lead to bad breath. Plaque that is not brushed away can irritate the gums, and the tongue can harbor bacteria which can produce smelly odors.

Mouth Breathing: Your child may be breathing through their mouth as a result of a stuffy nose or as a sleep habit. Unfortunately, this dries out the mouth which results in bad breath.

Dehydration: Not drinking enough water will result in bad breath as it allows the mouth to dry out. This brings out bad breath.

Certain Foods: Just because your child’s breath smells funny does not mean there is something wrong. Take a look at the foods they have been eating as there may be an ingredient in them such as garlic or onion that is causing the smell.

Preventing Bad Breath

Basic Oral Hygiene: Brushing with an ADA accepted toothpaste and making sure your child also cleans their tongue will help promote fresh breath. Flossing helps remove particles wedged between teeth that could create odors too.

New Toothbrush: Make sure to get a new toothbrush every couple months and after every time your child is sick. Old toothbrushes can hold onto germs. Not to mention, your child will be excited to use their new toothbrush.

Drink water: A fully hydrated child will have better breath. A sign that your child is not drinking enough water is dry or chapped lips.

Regular Checkups: Scheduling professional cleanings and exams will help keep your child’s smile looking bright, and it will also allow any issues to be caught early. A dentist can evaluate any potential problems that may cause bad breath.

There is no reason to be immediately concerned if your child is suffering from halitosis. More often than not, trying this series of recommendations will solve your child’s bad breath. If you find the issue still persists, reach out to your dentist to see what they can recommend.

Your child’s oral health is an important part of their overall health and wellbeing – from birth all the way through adolescence. Experience a fun-filled and worry-free atmosphere for kids of all ages. From the moment your child walks through our door and meets our official mascot, Jacques the Peacock, he or she will be made welcome and comfortable. And, if your child is under 18 months of age, take advantage of our complimentary infant oral evaluation. Call our office at 908-728-8741 or visit our website:

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