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Many people do not realize that children can develop bad breath. Most bad breath issues in kids are temporary. For children, the bad breath causes can be just as varied as for adults. However, there can be medical issues related, so it is important to figure out the cause.

Causes Of A Child’s Bad Breath

Poor Dental Hygiene. Malodor can occur, if a child does not work to keep their teeth, gums, and tongue clean.

Food Choices. If a child chooses to eat foods with garlic or onions their breath may be affected just like in adults.

Infection. Children commonly develop bad breath because of an upper respiratory infection. This infection can include the common cold, postnasal drip, or allergies. Treatment will depend on the cause but it can be difficult to treat if these are chronic issues. An oral fungal infection can also lead to bad breath.

Tonsillitis. This can also cause bad breath in kids. When the tonsils become inflamed it can restrict a child’s airway leading to more mouth breathing than usual. Mouth breathing can lead to a drying out of the oral tissues thus making the infection worse. Saliva acts as a natural lubricant of our oral tissues cleaning them over and over again. Large tonsil craters may also be the cause, food can become lodged in the pits of the tonsils and slowly decompose.

Tooth Decay. If there is a large untreated cavity it can cause bad breath. If this is the case you need to see your dentist immediately.

Intestinal Issues. May be an issue for bad breath if you are feeling gassy (burping) or vomiting your stomach contents. There may also be a residual coating on the tongue from bringing up stomach acids, this will cause malodor.

Medication Use. Certain medications will lead to a drying of the oral tissues which can also lead to bad breath in children.

Diabetes. Uncontrolled diabetes eventually results in ketoacidosis, causing the breath to have an acetone  odor.

Treatment Of Bad Breath

This can include:

Maintain Good Dental Hygiene. This includes brushing, flossing, tongue scraping, rinsing, and regular dental cleanings.

Gargle. This can help remove food from tonsils, and clean the back of the tongue.

Reduce Dry Mouth. Drink water, limit juice and soda pop. Try oil pulling therapy.

Medical Evaluation. Treat Infections of the body. See a doctor to evaluate ulcers or gastritis. Improve your health and you will see an immediate decrease in bad breath.

Chew gum with xylitol.

Evaluate your diet. Dairy items such as cheese and yogurt can cause bad breath. Limit sugars.

Try a neutralizing productClosys is a spray applied to the back of the tongue to neutralize volatile sulfur compounds. Neutralizers don’t mask with mint flavors, they actually remove the problem.

Bad Breath Conclusion

While bad breath in children can be a temporary nuisance, long term breath issues need to be evaluated. An increase in hygiene is always a good first attempt to rid your child of breath issues, but medical issues will not resolve by hygiene alone. If you have tried and do not see a change, talk to your dentist and pediatrician about it.

Most kids tend to have accidents that cause some sort of injury while growing up. The injuries usually range from a scraped knee to a broken bone. Most of us don’t make it into adulthood without a scar, or chipped tooth. When a child falls and loses a tooth, what can be done?

Dentists generally refer to a tooth that has been knocked out as an avulsed tooth. The accidental loss of a tooth through trauma is considered a very serious dental emergency for a permanent tooth (occurs in about 10% of the population). When a primary tooth is avulsed, re-implantation is generally not successful. The remaining space is usually left open for the permanent tooth to arrive. When a permanent tooth is avulsed, if you act quickly enough, there is a chance the avulsed tooth can be saved and maintained for many years. Even the best techniques and intentions do not always lead to a successful outcome for an avulsed tooth.

The usual cause of an avulsed tooth is a  force sufficient to break the bond between the tooth and the connection (periodontal ligament) to the bone. An avulsed tooth has no oxygen or blood flow and will die quickly if not re implanted. The primary goal of quick reimplementation is to maintain the periodontal ligament, so that the tooth is not rejected. The avulsed tooth will always need to be splinted to the other teeth, and usually, but not always, require a root canal. The speed in which the tooth is re implanted, the cleanliness of it, and how hydrated or wet it has been, all play key roles in whether or not re-implantation of the avulsed tooth will be successful.

My Child Lost A Tooth Too Early…What Now?

So what if the tooth is lost…..Can my child get dental implants?

Unfortunately, for children, the answer is no. Dental implants can only be placed after the bones of the jaw are finished growing. Dental implants placed during growth will impede jaw growth as well as proper movement of teeth into their natural places in the mouth.

The earliest recommended ages for dental implants  are as follows:

-Males – At least 17 years old.

-Females – At least 15 years old.

The determining factor for males and females is completion of growth. Females generally complete growth at an earlier age and thus can receive dental implants sooner to replace lost teeth.

Alternate Treatment Options To Dental Implants

Few children and most teenagers are going to want to replace their missing tooth as soon as possible. The options are quite limited and include the following:

-Flipper -This is a removable appliance that is able to fill the space of the missing tooth with an artificial tooth. This can create a cosmetic appearance that would be undetectable by others. It can appear very natural looking, but may affect speech and taste.

Dental Bonding – While very rare, there are instances where a “fake” tooth can be bonded to a natural tooth.

-Braces (Orthodontics) – Sometimes the missing tooth space can be closed with braces, or a false tooth can be placed on an orthodontic wire while the bite is restored.


Accidents happen. Fortunately, most tooth loss is short-lived for a child, as permanent teeth will soon come in to replace the baby teeth. For many, the cosmetics are not much of an issue, and can be left alone to fill in naturally. For others, there are options to help with the space maintenance and cosmetics after tooth loss. No matter what, you should discuss options with your dentist. While some teeth may be replaced by permanent teeth in a few months, others may be several years. Choose what works best for you and your child. If a permanent tooth is lost, your child will most likely need replacement after growth has ended.  Once a child matures and completes growing, dental implants can replace the lost tooth and give a lifetime of smiles.