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What to do about bad breath

Posted by on Mar. 11, 2013 at 9:16 AM
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My seven year old son has some bad breath, even right after we brush his teeth! He is starting to get self-consious about it and some kids at school have told him his breath stinks. I am not sure what is causing it. I know that it might be something medical but I don't want to pay for an appointment just for this. Do we just try mouthwash or breath mints or what? Does anyone have any advice?
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quickbooksworm
by Bronze Member on Mar. 11, 2013 at 9:18 AM
The medical issues that can cause bad breath are a big deal. Just take him in. I could be cavities or it could be a gastrointestinal problem.
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HyperMom38
by on Mar. 11, 2013 at 9:19 AM

Could be his tonsils, his sinuses,  a bad tooth, an absess in his mouth... sorry, but you need to take him to the dentist at least and possibly an ear nose and throat specialist.

cairymom
by on Mar. 11, 2013 at 9:27 AM

I am having the same problem with my son.  He doesnt have any cavitites or anything dental wrong.  I may look into the ENT never knew tonsils or sinuses could cause bad breathe....Thanks girls.  Although he has gone to an ENT in the past for tubes and they did look at his tonsils they never said anything should I still try the ENT you think?

natesmom1228
by on Mar. 11, 2013 at 9:40 AM

Call the doctor and see what they have to say. There are many reasons for it.

steelcrazy
by Emerald Member on Mar. 11, 2013 at 9:41 AM

Sorry, but like the others have said, you need to take him in to see the dentist at the very least.

mjande4
by Platinum Member on Mar. 11, 2013 at 9:43 AM

I agree with the others.  You need to have your child medically checked out.  It's no different then if gook was seeping out of his nose or eyes.  It just happens to be a smell.  Pony up the money and get the kid to a doctor/dentist.

KayDziedzic
by on Mar. 11, 2013 at 9:44 AM
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Google "bad breath in children" for ideas on what to try at home, and what to discuss with your son's doctor. Keep in mind that the back 1/3 of the tongue is where the most 'stinky' stuff will be--and that this is also the hardest part to brush because doing so often triggers the gag reflex.

DS (7 next month) struggles with bad breath caused by slightly enlarged tonsils (the result of mild allergies).

jen113000
by Jenna on Mar. 11, 2013 at 9:45 AM
I agree with the others. He needs to be seen.
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Barabell
by Barbara on Mar. 11, 2013 at 11:18 AM

I agree with that he should be seen, but I have heard that dehyration is a common cause of bad breath. Is he drinking enough water?

corrinacs
by on Mar. 11, 2013 at 11:55 AM

Make an appointment.  It probably is somethign medical.  THe most common reasons why this happens is.

1. Reflux.

2. Food allergies.

3. Gallbladder issues.

What does his breath smell like?  You can be honest.  Mine smelled like POOP, like a SEWER.  My husband would pick in me for it....turned out it was an allergy to milk.  I took milk products out of my diet and now we are golden :)

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