9 ways to prevent bad breath in children

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“Bad breath in children” has become a problem recently. The cause is obvious if they have eaten foods with strong smell, and diseases of internal organs or gum is not popular causes for bad breath of small children.

However, children are too honest that your children can be teased with “bad breath”. Before worrying about some disease, it is better to avoid beforehand. Please check their breath everyday when they get home.

It is only parents that can prevent your children’s “bad breath” and protect them.



9 ways to prevent bad breath in children

 

1. Mouth breathing


The most popular cause of children’s bad breath is mouth breathing. Small children can’t breathe with nose well, and many children are breathing with their mouth recently. With their mouth half open, air enters and dries mouth.

Amount of saliva decreases and prevents removing germs inside of the mouth, causing bad breath. Please carefully check your children’s face while they play games, study, or watch TV. They are sometimes breathing with mouth unconsciously.

 

2. Coated tongue


This is not only for children but also a possible cause of bad breath for adults. White, brownish yellow or black mold-like thing on surface of tongue is called coated tongue.

If tongue is coated too much, it can cause loss of appetite or digestive troubles, which are causes of bad breath. However, tongue of children is small and delicate, unlike that of adults.

Brushing children’s tongue strongly with tongue brush you can buy at stores will hurt their tongue. Removing too much coating is also not good. By brushing tongue too much, amount of saliva secretion decreases and can worsen bad breath.

 

3. Make a habit of drinking milk 


You might have heard that milk is good for bad breath. In the stomach, milk covers proteins which cause bad breath with membranes of fat. It is effective to drink milk especially eating foods with strong smell.

A habit of drinking milk everyday not only prevents bad breath but also helps children’s growth, taking in calcium and other necessary nutrients.

 

4. Drink green tea


In Japanese meals, drinking green tea is nothing special. One of the reasons is that catechine and flavonoids in green tea have deodorant and antibacterial effect. It is reasonable to drink a cup of green tea after eating.

Black tea and coffee also have deodorant effect, but green tea is the best.

 

5. Mumps can be a cause of bad breath


Epidemic parotiditis, or generally called mumps, can be a cause of bad breath. However this is a temporary cause. Immunity of entire body, especially inside the mouth, deteriorates, and causes temporary bad breath.

In this case, bad breath should be gone by the time mumps cures. Other cause of bad breath can be constipation. If you are worried, you can go to a dentist to see the causes of bad breath.

With any causes, children can’t tell about breath by themselves, so it is important for parents to check them.

 

6. Stuffed nose


If tooth brushing after meal can’t prevent bad breath, “nose disorder” can be a cause of bad breath. If your children have chronic stuffed nose and can’t breathe with nose, mouth is dried with mouth breathing and causes strong smell all day long.

There are many causes of stuffed nose. Infections, problem with structure of nose, and allergic rhinitis are some examples. What are common for all are that nose is stuffed and causes mouth breathing, and nasal sinus is stuffed with pus that snivel is sticky and smells bad.

Washing nose to cure stuffed nose or nasal aspiration with machine are effective treatment for this type of bad breath.

 

7. Physiological reason


Breath doesn’t smell bad normally, but sometimes suffer bad smell. This symptom is likely to occur after waking up in a morning or when hungry. This is physiologically caused bad breath everyone experience, regardless of age.

You don’t need to worry about it. If parents are worrying too much about children’s breath, they feel nervous. This can prevent them from going outside or they will keep distance from their friends. Not good for children’s mind, so please be careful.

Basically, chew well when eating and brush teeth after eating are good enough to prevent this.

 

8. Excessive cares


Good prevention for adults might cause opposite effect for children. There are many breath care items such as tooth pastes, mouthwash, dental floss, dental cloth, and interdental brush. Using these too much or brushing teeth too much is not good for children’s breath.

It can damage inside their mouth and can worsen odor. Breath care items are effective for adults but not for children, so be careful.

 

9. Immediate prevention


Immediate prevention of bad breath is to chew gum. Chewing insists saliva secretion and washes away germs. There are gums specialized for bad breath prevention containing flavonoid which has deodorant and antibacterial effect.

Also other hard foods that require a lot of chewing are good to increase saliva secretion and prevent bad breath.

 

Did you find any useful information?

There are 3 types in children’s bad breath. Always has bad breath, only smells when suffering disease, and smells occasionally. Prevention differs according to types. If you are worried, check their breath and determine which type it is before starting prevention.

Also, you can easily realize subtle change in your children if you have good communication everyday.

 

Summary

9 ways to prevent bad breath in children

1. Mouth breathing
2. Coated tongue
3. Make a habit of drinking milk
4. Drink green tea
5. Mumps can be a cause of bad breath
6. Stuffed nose
7. Physiological reason
8. Excessive cares
9. Immediate prevention