Pediatric Dentistry: Does Your Child’s Breath Stink?
Does your child have bad breath? Are you uncertain what could be causing it? If your child brushes their teeth often and their breath still smells bad, there could be some other underlying issue. In part one of this series, our Edmond dentist mentioned 3 possible causes for an odorous smell in your child’s mouth. Perhaps, none of those 3 reasons fit the bill for your lifestyle. Today, we’re going to go over 3 more possibilities.
Here are 3 more possible causes of that funky breath:
1.) Your Child’s Diet: Have you ever heard the saying “you are what you eat”? In this case, your child’s bad breath could be caused by what they are or are not consuming. For example, if your child is consuming only a low carb diet, then the fat stored in the body is being burned which can in turn cause stinky ketones.
2.) Mouth Breathing: According to professionals, nose breathing is the most optimal way to breathe. This is true for more than one reason, but today we’re focusing on the bad breath aspect. If you’re child is constantly breathing in and out of their mouth then their saliva will dry out, allowing bacteria to linger rather than being washed away.
3.) Ongoing Illness: Respiratory infections aren’t the only illnesses that can cause bad breath. Surprisingly enough, Kidney and Liver diseases can yield a smell similar to fish. Additionally, acid reflux has been known to produce odorous breath. Does your child have any problems with any of these?
It may be possible that you don’t know if your child currently had ongoing bad breath. If you’re uncertain, try sniffing your child’s breath a little while after they’ve brushed their teeth to recognize whether an odor is lingering. A more low key option would be to sniff used dental floss. If it smells or if there is blood on the floss, then your child just might have a bad breath issue.
If you need help determining the cause of your child’s bad breath, our Edmond dentist would be happy to help as our team just loves pediatric dentistry! To get in touch or schedule an appointment call our Edmond dentist at 405-844-8445 or click here.