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Sometimes leftover food particles or bad bacteria can cause bad breath. That’s nothing that a good brushing or mouthwash can’t solve. Halitosis, on the other hand, is harder to defeat and is usually a symptom of a more serious dental issue, such as:

-Gum Disease: Periodontitis, or gum disease in its later stages, can result in deep pockets in your gums where odor causing bacteria love to hide.

-Mouth, Nose or Throat Infections: Any infection involving post-nasal drip can also mean bad breath. Bacteria feeds on the mucus your body produces and multiplies, emitting foul smells in the process.

-Dry Mouth: Dry mouth is a condition where you don’t make enough saliva, which is concerning because saliva helps clean your mouth. This condition can happen because of medication, certain medical conditions, alcohol or tobacco use, or even excessive caffeine.

-Smoking and Tobacco: Not only does it leave its own distinct odor, but can also create an environment in which bad bacteria thrive, leading to a host of other problems, such as gum disease, dry mouth and oral cancer.

-Other Medical Conditions: Other chronic conditions such as gastric reflux, diabetes, liver or kidney disease can create halitosis.

If you suspect your child may have halitosis, try revamping your efforts to take care of their mouth first. Make sure they are brushing and flossing consistently and drinking plenty of water.

If your child still has a problem in Lehi, Utah, please set up an appointment at Hardy Smiles Pediatric Dentistry. Dr. Troy Hardy can help you rule out any oral health problems and advise you of your treatment options for your child’s smile. Just call 801-331-8449. We’d be happy to help!