Halitosis Treatment in Children
Halitosis treatment depends on the source. Halitosis, or bad breath, in children is caused either by problems in the mouth or systemic illness. 85% of halitosis in children originates in the mouth. Poor oral hygiene can result in bad breath. Bacteria attach themselves to the tongue and teeth, releasing volatile sulfur compounds that have an odor reminiscent of rotten eggs. Epithelial cells line the inside of the mouth. These cells, like all cells, have a certain life span, die, and are replaced by new cells. If the dead cells get trapped in the crevices of the tongue, bad breath is the result. Halitosis is one of several tooth decay symptoms. Gum disease also causes bad breath. Gum disease symptoms include inflamed gums, gums that recede from the teeth, and bleeding during tooth brushing. Cavities and abscessed teeth also cause bad breath. In these cases, halitosis treatment requires treating the underlying dental problems. A child who has a dry mouth because of medication or a disorder like Sjogren’s syndrome is also likely to have bad breath. Bad breath can also be the result of a diet that is relatively high in protein and low in carbohydrates. Good oral hygiene, treatment of gum disease and cavities, a balanced diet and addressing the cause of dry mouth are all useful bad breath remedies.
Not all bad breath comes from oral sources. Halitosis treatment in these cases requires treating the underlying medical condition. Metabolic liver disease can cause unpleasant sulfur odors to be released into the air. One of the most frequent causes of bad breath in children is postnasal drip. Secretions accumulate on the tongue and in the back of the throat. Bacteria thrive on these secretions and release foul odors. Food can accumulate around the tonsils resulting in bad breath. Kidney infection, heliobactor pylori in the digestive tract, and diabetes may also cause halitosis. Antispasmodics, bronchodilators, antidepressants, antihistamines and antipsychotic medications often cause dry mouth resulting in halitosis.
Finding the right halitosis treatment depends on diagnosing the source or sources of the problem. Most cases can be treated and result in a halitosis cure, some cases may not be resolved. If the halitosis treatment involves stopping essential medications, the risk versus benefit must be carefully weighed.