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How are children treated for bad breath (halitosis)?

Maintaining good oral health is essential to reducing bad breath in children. Be sure to schedule regular dental visits for your child and take care to make sure he or she is brushing and flossing regularly. If you think your child has constant bad breath, keep a log of the foods he eats and make a list of medications. Some medications may play a role in creating mouth odors.
Peggy Rosen
Dentist
How to treat children with bad breath (halitosis) is to find the source of bad breath. 
Sources of bad breath are:
  1. Cavities. Fermented food in the cavities create foul odor. Treatment: Have the cavities filled. Brush and floss after each meal.
  2. Low stomach acid; foods are not digested properly. Treatment: Consult with your physician to restore the stomach acids. If foods are well digested, stomach acids should be eliminated from the cause of Halitosis.
  3. Constipation. Treatment: Eat more high fiber foods. Avoid milk, sugar, all white flour snack or food, vegetable oils, margarine and canola oils, instead use coconut oil, and eat millet, whole wheat.
  4. Improper blood sugar; the body is high in blood sugar. Treatment: Consult with your physician.
  5. Eating late at night. The digestive system doesn't work well during late evening.  
  6. An imbalance of bacteria in the mouth. Treatment: a natural tree resin called mastic gum, has been shown to help rebalance a healthy mouth environment by reducing acidity and promoting microbial homeostasis.
  7. Gum disease (periodontal disease, gingivitis). Treatment: consult with your dentist for gum treatment.
  8. Abscess teeth; collection of infected material (pus)can cause bad breath. Treatment: Have root canal treatment or have the infected tooth extracted.
  9. Impacted teeth; food trap underneath the gum tissue can cause bad breath. Treatment: Have impacted tooth removed.
  10. Certain food such as garlic, onion and other spices can cause bad breath. 
  11. Respiratory tract infections. Treatment: Consult your physician if you have lung infection, sinusitis and throat infection.
  12. Other systemic diseases include: acute renal failure, esophageal cancer, gastric carcinoma, atrophic rhinitis and  bowel obstruction. Treatment: Consult your physician if you have these conditions.
Children should be taught proper dental hygiene, including tooth and tongue brushing, as soon as they are old enough. Good oral hygiene together with regular visits to a dentist can prevent decay, which can contribute to  bad breath (halitosis). Proper nutrition and drinking plenty of water can improve the flow of saliva, which may help prevent cavities and bad breath. If you give your child gum, it should be sugar-free. Do not give a child mouthwash. Many contain alcohol, which can poison a child.
Tom Berry
Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery

Treating bad breath in children is the same as treating bad breath in adults. A program of good daily oral hygiene with twice daily brushing of the teeth and tongue and flossing is advisable. Also schedule regular dental visits for professional cleanings twice yearly.

Children should be taught proper dental hygiene as soon as they are old enough. Regular visits to a dentist can prevent decay, which can cause bad breath (halitosis). Proper nutrition and drinking plenty of water can improve the flow of saliva, which prevents cavities and bad breath. If you give your child gum, it should be sugar-free. Do not give a child mouthwash. Many contain alcohol, which can poison a child.

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