What Causes Bad Breath in Children?
Several factors could contribute to bad breath. Here are several of the most common causes:
– Poor oral hygiene. If your child doesn’t clean their teeth thoroughly or frequently, bad breath can result. If plaque is not brushed away, it can irritate the gums, causing additional issues.
– Dry mouth. Saliva helps to cleanse the mouth. When your child’s mouth produces less saliva than usual, xerostomia — dry mouth — may occur, contributing to bad breath.
– Mouth breathing. When a child breathes through their mouth (due to a stuffy nose or as a sleep habit), it prevents saliva from washing away bacteria, leading to bad breath.
– Bacteria on the Tongue. The tongue can also harbor bacteria that produce foul odors and bad breath, so ensure your child cleans their tongue as well.
– Infections in the mouth. Cavities, plaque buildup, mouth sores, or oral surgery can also contribute to bad breath. This is just one reason why seeking professional dental treatment is important if your child develops these issues.
– A foreign object. Sometimes a baby or toddler will place a foreign item (tiny toys, food, etc.) in their nose. A foreign object lodged in the nose can cause bad breath in children.
– Certain foods. If your child consumes foods with a strong odor, like garlic, onions, or specific spices, it can impact the breath.
– Medications. Sometimes, the way medication breaks down in the body can lead to bad breath. This process releases chemicals that may result in bad breath.
– An illness or condition. Allergies, a sinus infection, tonsillitis, or another condition can cause bad breath too.