Worried regarding bad breath problems with your child? Do not know how to handle the issue? Well we here have compiled all necessary information pertaining the problem to help you sought it out.
What Is Halitosis?
Smelly breath, also known as ‘Halitosis'(hal-uh-toe-sis), is a common disorder among adults and children alike. If your child is going through the same, don’t panic yet. It is very easy to treat the condition of bad breath during childhood, and doing so will prevent an occurrence in the future.
On the other hand, if left unchecked, this petty disorder in your child can grow into serious medical ailments and health hazards. In some cases, the brain itself acclimatizes the senses to ignore the rancid smell.
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Why Children Are More Prone to Bad Breath?
While you may feel worried that the condition will persist in your child, understanding the reasons as to what causes bad breath will help you control the same in your
Some of the most common reasons for bad breath in children are:
Keeping your child away from sweets may not be a practical thing to do. Your child may often tend to enjoy chocolates, sweets and candies, no matter how much you try to keep them away.
- Many of these products are extensively caramelized and hence stick to the rugged edges of the teeth.
- If the gaps between the teeth are not cleaned properly by brushing or flossing, it can cause the teeth to corrode. This is more commonly known as tooth decay.
What begins as a minor irritation due to some food hiding between the teeth can easily take the shape of a major problem if not given heed in due course of time.
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2. Over Sleeping:
Sometimes, children tend to sleep a lot owing to their over exertion.
- Long sleeping hours result in a closed mouth cavity for a longer interval.
- If your child sleeps with the mouth open, the situation can be even worse. New bacteria can easily find their way into your child’s mouth. This is an optimum setup for the bacteria to work and reproduce.
- As soon as a child’s mouth closes in sleep, the salivary amylase and the muscles relax in the mouth.
- Roughly 600 bacteria thrive in an average mouth. In most cases, these get trapped and fall beneath the tongue and in and around the areas of the gums.
- Soon, the mouth becomes dry and the bacteria start multiplying itself.
- The already stuck sugar particles, dry mouth and the presence of a zillion bacteria lead to tooth decaying and plaque forming on the teeth.
- Dry mouth can also be caused due to chewing and sucking of clothes and blankets, sucking the thumb and by various medicines.
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Your child may not realize the damage that can result due to infected tooth cavities and decaying teeth and gums. Hence, it is your responsibility as a parent to check their brushing, flossing and routine dental checkups.
Typical Causes Of Bad Breath In Children:
It is a misconception that children who don’t brush their teeth end up having Halitosis.
The rancid smell in the mouth can also be caused due to:
- Unclean tongue
- Troubled oral hygiene
- Other serious medical conditions
The mouth has one opening from the stomach and the other towards the cavities. This can lead it to emit a conclusive smell of all the ducts connected to it.