Bad breath has many causes.
Bad breath or halitosis occur not only in adults, this condition is repeated in minors for various reasons. It usually occurs from the back of the tongue and can even occur in babies.
According to Spanish Association of Pediatrics (AEP) between 25 and 30% of adults suffer from this problem, but no data are available for the child population.
according to him Institute of Breathing“Children have a higher proportion of cases of bad breath from otorhinolaryngology.”
Causes of bad breath
Hypertrophy of the tonsils, adenoids and nasal congestion. In some cases, it is generated by the presence of a foreign body that the smallest have been introduced into the nose.
The AEP states that the most common causes are:
In almost 90% of cases, halitosis is generated on the back of the tongue. There are accumulated squamous cells, mucus and mostly food debris.
When the odor is accompanied by irritation in the throat, the cause may be a sinus infection. Mucus and food debris cause inflammation in the throat, which causes this symptom, which is not only relieved with mouthwash.
Because they are distracted from playing all day, children sometimes forget to hydrate properly. Drinking less water reduces saliva production, which eliminates bacteria that cause bad breath.
“Saliva has a cleansing and antimicrobial effect. During sleep, saliva production decreases, which is why halitosis is so common on waking, say AEP experts.
How to fight bad breath
According to Spanish pediatricians, these are the methods of treating this problem in childhood:
Reduce the consumption of onions, garlic, cauliflower, radishes, cabbage, spices and peppers. Excess chocolate is also harmful.
By drinking enough water throughout the day, you will produce the right amount of saliva to wash away the bacteria that form from mucus, dust and leftover food.
3. Oral hygiene
Many times the reason is obvious: poor oral hygiene. Teeth should be brushed three times a day (minimum two) and flossed every other day.
4. Chewing gum without sugar
A research King’s College London has found some evidence that sugar-free chewing gum can help prevent tooth decay in adults and children.