Does your baby or toddler suffer from bad breath? If they do there are solutions to help fix your problem.
First of all, it is super important to keep up with your baby’s oral hygiene. Brushing their teeth is the primary key to fighting this condition. Bacteria build up can be caused by not brushing after meals, so brushing right before breakfast and right after the last meal of the day will help solve the problem.
Since it can be hard to make your child brush their teeth It can be easiest by laying the child in your lap and trying to play with them while you are doing it. Just by telling them to say “ahh” to get them to open their mouth can be enough to get their attention. The type of toothbrush will also make or break their thoughts on whether or not they like getting their teeth brushed. It is recommended that you use a toothbrush that is small and soft enough for your little one. Brushing their teeth in round circular movements is important so that you don’t irritate their gums.
Cavities, mouth sores, plaque buildup, or oral surgery can also result in bad breath. If this occurs a dentist trip may be the ultimate solution to fixing their breath problem.
If brushing their teeth for a day or two doesn’t solve the problem, they may have an infection such as tonsillitis. Symptoms of tonsillitis also include a sore throat and coughing. If you suspect that this could be the issue it is necessary to make a doctor’s appointment before it gets any worse. After the infection clears your baby’s breath will go back to normal.
Another factor that could play into it is the things they put in their mouth, such as; A pacifier, their blankets, or their thumbs. By just boiling or rinsing the pacifier in hot water, you can remove all of that icky bacteria. Although it can be tough to get your child’s security blanket away from them long enough to wash it, it can be done. Just throw a few fun distractions at them and it can save your precious little one from a bunch of bacteria. If they are a thumb sucker it is essential to have them wash their hands constantly to remove all of the germs that they have picked up from various places.
Since curiosity can get the best of little ones, it may be the cause. If they stick any foreign objects up their nose, this can also occur. So you may just want to take a peek up there and see if they are saving something for a later event.
Certain foods can also have an effect on the way breath smells. If the food they eat has a strong odor like onions or garlic the freshness of their breath may not be at its best.
Most of the time when your child’s oral hygiene improves their breath will also. So teaching your child good oral hygiene habits at the age they are now can be crucial in what their breath will be like in the future.