We hope that none of the children at Chapel Street Dental in New Haven are ever embarrassed by bad breath. Halitosis isn’t just bad for their social lives. It also indicates an oral health problem, which is why we’re here to help.
Bad breath is the result of bacterial build-up. There may be an underlying medical issue, but usually, the child needs help with their hygiene habits. Brushing the tongue is just as important as brushing the teeth. The back of the throat can be cleaned with non-alcoholic mouthwash. Sometimes, if the child suffers from nasal drip, the discharge may be caught in the back of the throat and feeding bacteria. Because children are prone to sinus infections, this happens to them frequently, but it may also be necessary to have them tested for allergies.
Some medical conditions which contribute to bad breath are dry mouth and diabetes. Dry mouth allows larger bacteria build-up because saliva is one of the body’s defense mechanisms, while diabetes makes it harder for the immune system to fight off infections in general. If medications are contributing to a child’s halitosis, it may be worth trying to find alternatives.