Babies and toddlers are a bundle of joy. They bring life to any household with their cute little human ways. But what happens when while you are playing and hugging your little toddler, you get a whiff of stinky bad breath - and it's not coming from you? This may come as a surprise for some but even the most adorable toddlers can suffer from bad breath. And because they are still very young to do preventive measures on their own, it is up to all the parents to do the necessary remedies to help fight stinky breaths.
Just like adults, bad breath in toddlers can be caused by different factors. It may be because of poor oral hygiene, buildup of tartar and cavity, dehydration, or throat infection. Thumb sucking and using of pacifiers can also contribute in toddler's bad breath. To combat this problem, it would be best to do some or all of these tips in preventing foul-smelling breath in your little ones.
Make sure that your kid's teeth and mouth are cleaned regularly. It's never too early to start teaching them the proper brushing of teeth using a toothbrush with soft bristles and a children's toothpaste. Check if your kid is doing it right and point out the areas where he needs to brush thoroughly. By the time that he's a little bit older, you can introduce flossing.
Limit your child's sugar intake to lower the chances of tooth decay. Do not let a feeding bottle filled with milk or juice be stuck inside their mouths while they are asleep. The sugar contained in these drinks will also aid in the occurrence of decay.
Make it a point to visit the dentist for regular dental check up. Many people think that a visit to the dentist does not need to start when their children are young. You can encourage them to go with you by explaining to them the importance of clean teeth and also by giving them treats such as a new toy or sticker.
Watch out for children's medications as well. Some medicines contain sugar which can be left on their teeth and also cause tooth decay.
Prioritize your kid's dental health by asking your dentists about preventive measures and treatments for cavities. They may suggest giving fluoride applications and dental sealants to avoid bad breath caused by cavities.
A lot of kids find brushing of teeth as a dreadful activity. See to it that they feel encouraged and motivated to clean their teeth by transforming it into a fun activity. You can ask them to choose a creatively designed toothbrush and flavored toothpaste that they want.
Consult a pediatrician just in case an underlying medical condition is the reason for bad breath. It may be because of sinus problems or gastroesophageal reflux. Ask the doctor about the treatments.