Everybody has bad breath from time to time, especially first thing in the morning.
Many things can cause bad breath, such as missing meals, being dehydrated, or eating foods with a strong odour, such as garlic. Bacteria and plaque buildup in the mouth from food caught between teeth or in dental appliances also may be a cause.
Other causes include throat or mouth infections (such as strep throat), dental problems (such as cavities), or gum disease.
Saliva has a cleaning action that helps reduce or get rid of bad breath. When saliva decreases, bacteria can grow, causing bad breath. This may be especially noticeable in the morning. The flow of saliva almost stops during sleep.
Follow-up care is a key part of your child's treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if your child is having problems. It's also a good idea to know your child's test results and keep a list of the medicines your child takes.
To help improve your child's breath:
Watch closely for changes in your child's health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse call line if:
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Current as of:
August 9, 2016
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
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