More Serious Causes of Bad Breath:
While bad breath can impact our children on a regular basis some of the reasons are simple with a simple fix, mentioned in Monday’s blog. However, sometimes there are more serious causes that parents should be aware of. Your child may have an infection, more serious disease or other mouth or throat condition, or their bad breath may be due to a medication they are currently taking. No matter the cause, if bad breath persists and does not go away with increased brushing and flossing, or if your child already has good brushing and flossing habits, Dr. Cameron Fuller recommends making an appointment with a pediatric dentist to have them evaluated.
Certain medications cause a dry mouth. Saliva helps clean and remove particles in the mouth. If your son or daughter’s mouth is really dry due to a medication the food particles may stay on the teeth longer building up and causing bad breath to occur.
Cancer and other childhood diseases can cause bad breath due to distinctive odors that they produce. “Children with cystic fibrosis or asthma may also have a acid smell to their bad breath,” adds Dr.Fuller.
Another common reason for bad breath is sinus infections. If there is a build-up of sinus fluid that drips down the back of the throat it may settle on the back of the tongue. Taking your child to the doctor or using a facial steamer to clean out the sinus’s can help.
Don’t let bad breath linger, have your child checked today.