Bad Breath in Toddlers is Commonly Caused by Bacteria in the Mouth
Summary: Bad breath in toddlers can be relieved by having their teeth and tongue brushed regularly.
It is not new to toddlers to have bad breath from time to time. Even if they don’t eat garlic and onions (in fact, they avoid eating them), yet they can have morning breath. Young kids normally have sweet-smelling breath. Throughout the day, a child’s saliva washes away unwanted food debris. Bad breath in toddlers is caused by slow saliva production during sleep resulting to dry mouth. The longer the time that your toddler sleeps, the greater the chance of bacterial growth in the mouth- this can possibly be the cause of bad breath in toddlers in the morning when they awake.
But, this is not the only cause of bad breath in toddlers. For young kids, smelly breath that continues throughout the day is frequently the result of breathing through the mouths, which dries out the mouth resulting to the growth of bacterial. Mouth-breathing kids might have colds, stuffy nose, sinus infections, allergies, or enlarged tonsils which can block the nasal passages. One of the common reasons for bad breath in toddlers is thumb-sucking. Thumb-sucking children are likely to have throat infections brought about by sucking of dirty thumbs or other fingers. Bacterial transfer from thumbs or finger to the mouth can have a significant effect on your kid’s throat. On rare occasions, young kids suck on blanket which can lead to drying of the mouth. Among the causes of bad breath in toddlers may include dehydration, improper brushing, irregular snacking, and drinking throughout the day, and increased oral bacteria.
To better improve most cases of bad breath in toddlers (even to adults), mouth odor-causing bacteria should be minimized and saliva should be increased. Proper tooth brushing technique can help promote healthy gums and teeth. Tongue should also be brushed every time your toddler brushes her teeth in the morning, evening, and every after meal. While your kid is brushing her teeth, you should be monitoring to make sure she does not swallow the toothpaste and to make certain proper tooth brushing is done. Let your toddler drink plenty of water. Immediately treat your child’s allergy and cold, and suction your child’s nose with nasal aspirator, especially during at night to reduce the post nasal drip.
Besides administering your child when she brushes her teeth to ensure that it is properly done, you still have to bring your child to the doctor if you notice bad odor on her breath continues after four to five days. As you should know, bad breath in toddlers can be a sign of other serious illnesses. Don’t ever think that tooth brushing is enough to relieve bad breath in toddlers.