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Also known as "halitosis", bad breath always annoys the parents more than the child. Do not hesitate to talk to your doctor. The origins of this unpleasant odor are many and effective treatments.
How to define bad breath?
- It is an odor that arises on awakening, lasts more than half an hour and which discomfort the entourage. The child concerned does not realize it. The bad breath is to differentiate from a not fresh smell of mouth, common to the sleepers, and which results from a less secretion of saliva during the night, thus allowing the bacteria to multiply more easily.
- "Real" bad breath originates in poor dental hygiene, permanent breathing through the mouth or in the presence of digestive disorders.
Do caries generate bad smells?
- In theory, untreated caries can eventually lead to bad breath. In practice, the majority of children are now well followed. Be careful though. In the youngest age, dental pain is often less acute than in adults and can pass easily unnoticed. Check regularly with the dentist who will teach you the keys to good brushing.
- On your side, make sure that your child cleans his teeth properly, if possible after each meal.
Is food often involved?
- The origin of bad breath can sometimes be found in food. Some foods have a strong smell or can be poorly digested. More generally, after the fast of the night, your child's body lacks sugar and must draw on its reserves of fats to produce the necessary energy. This results in acetone formation which gives the breath a special smell.