Bad breath in children

Bad breath in children

Bad breath, medically known as halitosis, is a condition that even healthy children can experience. If you have noticed that the breathing of the little one is not so pleasant, there is hope.

When it comes to bad breath in children, most of the time, oral hygiene is to blame. Dr. Andra Custura, dentist Andra Smile explain to you what are the factors that could contribute to the appearance of bad breath.

Poor oral hygiene

If the child does not brush his teeth frequently, bad breath can occur as a result.

If the dental plate is not removed, the gums may become irritated, causing additional problems. The tongue is also a good environment for bacteria that produce unpleasant odors, so make sure the baby brushes his tongue too.

Dry mouth

Saliva helps clean the mouth. When the baby's mouth produces less saliva than normal, xerostomia may occur, which contributes to bad breath.

Breath in mouth

When a child breathes in the mouth (due to a clogged nose or as a sleeping habit), this prevents saliva from washing the bacteria in the mouth, which advances bad breath.

Bacteria on the tongue

Most odor-causing bacteria are on the tongue. If you do not brush your tongue, odor-causing bacteria will build up and can cause bad breath.

Mouth infections

Odorous breathing can occur as a result of cavities, plaque buildup, mouth ulceration, or oral surgery.

Foreign objects

Sometimes the child will place a foreign object (small toys, food particles, etc.) in the nose. A foreign object in the nose can cause bad breath in children.

Certain foods

If your child consumes foods that have a strong odor, such as garlic, onion or specific spices, they may impact the freshness of breath.


Sometimes the way the medication breaks down in the body can lead to bad breath. Releasing substances from certain drugs can produce chemical reactions that can lead to bad breath.

A disease or illness

If your child suffers from allergies, a sinus infection, tonsillitis, or other condition, bad breath can occur.

How to avoid bad breath

Healthy teeth are an integral part of a child's overall health. You can help your child avoid bad breath by developing an oral care routine.

- Teeth should be brushed twice a day with fluoride paste to promote fresh breathing. Always remember to supervise young children so that they do not swallow toothpaste.

- When the baby brushes his teeth, make sure he also cleans his tongue, because the bacteria can gather and grow on the tongue.

- The child should use dental floss daily, in order to remove particles of odor-causing foods.

- Remember to change the toothbrush every few months, because worn brushes cannot effectively remove plaque and debris between teeth.

- Avoid halitosis and other oral health problems by scheduling periodic checks and professional cleaning with a dentist.

Chronic halitosis in children

Most of the time, your child's bad breath will disappear once he or she has good oral hygiene. However, some children may show signs of chronic halitosis.

If a dentist determines that your baby's mouth is healthy, you can go to a primary care doctor for further tests to diagnose the main cause of halitosis.

Regardless of the cause of bad breath, learning children how to form good dental habits from an early age can be vital in terms of their oral health as adults.

We are waiting for you at the Andra Smile clinic for a specialized consultation.