Adults frequently feel self-conscious if they have bad breath or halitosis, but kids can be embarrassed too. If you think your child has bad breath, it’s worth pausing for a moment to think about possible causes. Often halitosis is only temporary and is due to food choices, usually eating strong flavours like onion or garlic and is nothing to be concerned about. More persistent halitosis is more of a worry, and it’s worth seeing the dentist.
What Are the Other Causes of Bad Breath?
The main reason for bad breath is poor oral hygiene. If your child’s teeth aren’t thoroughly cleaned, they will soon develop halitosis. This is because the bacteria naturally present in the mouth will feast on leftover food particles creating unpleasant odours as they do so. Also, this food will gradually rot which doesn’t smell very pleasant either. Then there is the increased risk of tooth decay and gum disease.
A dental checkup will soon uncover the reason for your child’s bad breath. If they have any dental problems like an untreated cavity in a tooth, we can provide suitable treatment. A professional dental cleaning is great for freshening breath.