Clinical Reference Systems: Pediatric Advisor 10.0
Bad Breath (Halitosis)
- Exhaled breath has an unpleasant odor.
- The problem can be a recent or long-standing one.
- Bad breath that occurs only when a child awakens is
normal and due to poor saliva flow at night.
The causes are numerous.
More frequent toothbrushing improves most cases of mild bad
breath. Also brush the surface of the tongue. Mouthwashes
and chewable breath fresheners are heavily promoted in our
society but provide temporary improvement at best. The
complaint of bad breath is unusual in children, and the
cause should be uncovered and dealt with directly.
CALL YOUR CHILD'S PHYSICIAN DURING OFFICE HOURS IF:
- The cause of your child's bad breath remains unclear.
Written by B.D. Schmitt, M.D., author of "Your Child's Health," Bantam Books.
Copyright 1999 Clinical Reference Systems