We know mums try hard to look after their kids’ teeth, creating healthy little smiles, but sometimes even kids can get bad breath. Usually, the problem is only temporary and can be traced back to a meal containing onions or garlic. Brushing their teeth will freshen their breath temporarily, but when the cause is food related, it’s simply a matter of waiting until it’s eliminated from the body.

However, what should you do if your child suddenly develops more persistent bad breath? We’d strongly suggest booking a check up and hygiene appointment, especially if it’s been a while since we’ve seen your child.

Poor dental hygiene is a frequent cause of bad breath, and it might be that your child isn’t brushing their teeth thoroughly or for long enough, even if they tell you otherwise. When this happens, food particles are left in the mouth and gradually rot. These food particles also feed noxious smelling mouth bacteria. Unfortunately, mouth bacteria also cause more serious problems like tooth decay and gum disease.

Our Melbourne childrens dentist will check the condition of your child’s mouth and can quickly tell if poor oral hygiene is to blame and will provide suitable treatment and advice. Also, a thorough dental cleaning will help to freshen up their breath.