E.S. asks from Conroe, TX on November 26, 2008
My two year old has been waking up from bedtime and naptime with horrible breath. We brush her teeth with the Oral B toothpaste that is safe to swallow everyday. I just wanted to know if this was normal. I have a dentist appointment for her in a couple of months but I didn't know if I should bump it up sooner. Thanks.
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Thank you so much to everyone who responded. My daughter did have a runny nose and now is a little bit congested. I didn't even think that her being sick would lead to the cause of bad breath.
C.F. answers from Austin on December 03, 2008
I would think you may want to bump up the appt. You may also want to consider what she may be eating, or whether she may have some tummy troubles brewing. Just some thoughts~
S.M. answers from Washington DC on November 26, 2008
Could be sinuses-my daughter has had this with sinus infections.. Hope this helps.
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F.F. answers from San Antonio on November 27, 2008
My son's dentist actually told me not to use Oral B for my son. He said that it doesn't have anything abrasive in it to actually clean his teeth. Instead, he said to get Tom's of Maine. It's strawberry flavored, and they make it with and without fluoride. He said to use the fluoride one 2 nights a week, and otherwise to use the one without fluoride. It might be different for your daughter because he based his recommendations on how many teeth my son has and where they are (he's almost 2, but he doesn't have his 2-year molars yet).
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E.F. answers from Laredo on November 27, 2008
Its probably her tonsils. My daughter gets like that everytime her tonsils are enlarged; if she complains that her tonsils hurt, she automatically has really bad breath. I never knew that, until her doctor was considering referring her to an ENT and his questions were: does she snore and does she have bad breath? Check into it...maybe she needs her tonsils removed!
V.L. answers from Houston on November 29, 2008
This was our daughter's first sign for acid reflux disease. Now she takes Prevacid every day and like magic the odor is gone too! Good luck!
J.T. answers from Victoria on November 27, 2008
Usually my husband or I can tell when the other is going to have a cold because our breath smells bad. Prehaps she isnt feeling well and this is a first sign. Hope not!
B.K. answers from Austin on November 27, 2008
E., it could be teeth but it could be that her little system needs a good cleansing. When I was little, my mother gave me Phillips Milk of Magnesia...... just a little bit.
I have a booklet called Healthy Kids and in it a mother has written about her daughter's bad breath problem. Here is what she said. "At five, my daughter had swollen glands behind her ears. Whenever she drank milk, she would get bad breath and thrush effect on her tongue." She put her doughter on a Shaklee nutrition program and now her daughter's glands no longer swell and she rarely gets sick.
Peppermint, ginger, fennel and anise are all very good for soothing the stomach. I take tablets will all of these in them. I take three at a time but a child could take only one or you might just try making a little tea with these herbs or one of these tablets. I spend my time helping people find natural ways to take care of their health without resorting to prescription or OTC drugs.
Best wishes for your child and you.
B. K. .... Gramma B.... smile
N.H. answers from Houston on November 27, 2008
She should brush twice a day at least...when she wakes up in the morning & at least at bedtime. She should brush her tongue too. It'll be weird at first but she'll get used to it after about the third time but it'll be worth it in the end. That should help w/the halitosis. She should also floss before brushing at bedtime, especially if her teeth are close together. I know some children's baby teeth aren't close together like permanent teeth are but it's always a good idea anyway at least for the back teeth. Good luck & hope this helps!
K.N. answers from Austin on November 26, 2008
I wouldn't change her dentist appointment unless you notice any red or swelling gums. To me, it sounds like a result of dehydration... Increase her water consumption (especially before nap and bed time) and see if that helps... or do you think she is breathing through her mouth (while sleeping) and drying out the tissues (perhaps because of a pacifier or because of congestion)?
When toddler bad breath is not caused by an underlying condition, the most common cause is probably dehydration. Dehydration can occur easily in a child, and can result from a number of factors: insufficient fluid intake during hot dry weather, strenuous exertion without taking regular drinks, diarrhea and vomiting, consumption of diuretic beverages such as drinks containing caffeine, respiratory infection, and other things.
Bad breath in child dehydration is often initiated by a drying out of the mouth tissues - when saliva production is decreased, the bacteria responsible for halitosis are able to proliferate. The more of them there are, the more severe the toddler bad breath will be.