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Bad breath or halitosis is caused by a number of problems. This can include medical issues, alcohol and tobacco use, diet and poor oral hygiene. We often think of it as an adult problem, but what about when halitosis occurs in your child?

If you are noticing bad breath in your son or daughter, you need to reach out to one of our caring dentists, Dr. Shane Cope or Dr. Melinda Bodine and schedule an appointment. The problem may be tooth decay or even gum disease, which can affect children. The dentist can address any issues during your child’s cleaning and exam. However, the dentist may determine that the problem is the result of a sinus infection, in which case you will need to make an appointment with your child’s primary care physician. You should also call if your child’s tonsils are swollen since bacteria can collect on them.

One of the best ways to prevent bad breath in anyone, no matter their age is proper oral hygiene. That means brushing two times a day for two minutes at a time, flossing at least once a day, eating a balanced diet that is low in sugars and starches and seeing your dentist for your routine visits. If it is time for your child, or for that matter you to see the dentist in Lafayette, Indiana, you can call Highland Creek Family Dental at 765.807.0592 today to schedule your appointment.