Pediatric Dentists in San Diego realize bad breath can impact our children on a regular basis. Some of the reasons for breath problems are a simple fix. Unfortunately, sometimes there are more serious causes for bad breath that parents should be aware of. Children may have an infection, a disease, other mouth or throat conditions, or their bad breath may even be due to a medication they take. No matter the cause, if bad breath does not go away with increased brushing and flossing, or if your child already has good brushing and flossing habits, we recommend making an appointment with a pediatric dentist to have them evaluated.
The sooner these problems are caught, the better. Certain medications cause a dry mouth and saliva helps clean and remove food particles. If a child’s mouth is dry due to a medication, food particles may stay on the teeth longer. These cause build up, which causes bad breath to occur. Cancer and other childhood diseases can also cause bad breath, as they produce distinctive odors. Children with cystic fibrosis or asthma may also have an acrid smell to their bad breath.
Sinus infections can be another cause of bad breath. A build-up of sinus fluid that drips down the back of the throat may settle on the back of the tongue. Pediatric Dentists in San Diego advise taking your child to the doctor or using a facial steamer to clean out the sinus’s in San Diego. If bad breath lingers, have your child checked with Children’s Dentistry of San Diego at (858) 536-1111.