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Old 02-28-2008, 10:27 AM   #1
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why does my 7 year old daughter have bad breath

why does my 7 year old daughter have bad breath

 
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Old 02-28-2008, 02:00 PM   #2
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Re: why does my 7 year old daughter have bad breath

My daughter just turned 6 and it seems that she always had bad breath.

I brush her teeth really good first and then I let her finish or vise-versa. After that I have her swish and gargle with a flouride mint mouthrinse.

The brushing alone was not getting rid of the bad breath but the rinse is great. I have her breath in my face and most of the time, it's gone. Rarely do I have to get her to rinse again.

Do not know the cause but this has helped to at least remove the problem temporarily.

 
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Old 02-28-2008, 02:15 PM   #3
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Re: why does my 7 year old daughter have bad breath

It is usually a symptom of something else. How much processed food or sugar does she comsume? I personally found that once I cut processed foods and drinks out of my diet and ate more fresh foods, it went away. It is usually an overgrowth of bacteria from a poor diet and to treat this is not to mask it with mouthwash, but to change her diet.

 
Old 02-28-2008, 02:26 PM   #4
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Re: why does my 7 year old daughter have bad breath

My daughter is a very healthy eater.

She loves her fruits and veggies. She does eat some processed foods and drinks a lot of juice, very little soda.

By processed foods, you mean like lunchmeats?

Her mouth seems to be really clean and she has no cavities.

I definatley don't want to just mask the problem if there could possibly be something wrong with her.

 
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Re: why does my 7 year old daughter have bad breath

When my oldest son was younger (4,5,6 etc.) he had horrible breath! I couldn't figure it out because like you, I made sure he brushed properly and ate healthy.

When my son was 7 he needed a tonsillectomy due to frequent and recurring (after antibiotic treatment) strep throat. The surgeon said his tonsils and adenoids were huge. He has not had a problem with bad breath since!

I know there are a lot of things that can cause bad breath. Has your daughter had any trouble with her throat/tonsils?

 
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Re: why does my 7 year old daughter have bad breath

She had a T & A about 3 years ago because of obstructive sleep apnea and frequent strep.

 
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Re: why does my 7 year old daughter have bad breath

Processed foods are anything that is made by the earth, but instead manufacured in a plant somewhere, that also includes lunchmeat and juice. Companies add many additives, sugars-which are masked under different names other than just sugar, and other chemicals. When I stop eating processed food, I have no odor in my mouth at all, even if it has been hours and hours since I last brushed my teeth. I notice, however, that once I eat something processed like some sort of rice in a box like cheesy broccoli rice or cookies, etc. it is a different story. Also, flossing regularly helps too. Sometimes the odors can become trapped between the teeth, usually towards the back. Does she use a tongue scrapper? The odor can also come from the back of the tongue and the tongue scrapper is fantastic! You can get them in the toothbrush isle at the store. That should really help

 
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Re: why does my 7 year old daughter have bad breath

No tongue scrapper but we do brush it. Maybe I do need to get one and try it out as well as get rid of the processed foods in her diet.


I apologize island70 for taking over your question.

The other answers sound better than mine. Mine just masked the problems and the others may cure it.

 
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Re: why does my 7 year old daughter have bad breath

My daughter has bad breath associated with post nasal drip from mild allergies.

 
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Re: why does my 7 year old daughter have bad breath

My daughter now 8 yrs old had a T & A when she was 3 years old due to chronic strep and periods of apnea. She has been doing great as far as sore throats and sleeping. However she does have asthma which is induced by allergies and I have noticed that when she has problems with her allergies it causes her to have bad breath. Her ENT said that it was from the nasal drip and congestion from sinus infections.

 
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Are you sure maybe your daughter has sinus drainage that is causing the bad breath or acid reflux? both of these can cause bad breath and the problem is not with the mouth at all.. This is just an idea, or try getting her to drink more water.

 
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Re: why does my 7 year old daughter have bad breath

Sometimes it can be a sign od diabetics. I would have a good check up to rule out any health problems.

 
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Is it possible that she shoved something up her nose? This happened with my cousin's son and it turned out that he had a piece of a nerf ball jammed into his sinuses.

 
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Re: why does my 7 year old daughter have bad breath

While a whole slew of health problems could be the culprit I would start off easy and make sure she is brushing long enough and buying the tongue scrapper. They are only about $2.00 or so. I use one everytime I brush my teeth. Most of our bad breath is actually from bacteria on the back of the tongue. Everyone should have one of these in my opinion, they work great. Give it time and if there is no improvement and you gave it a good shot then consider a health issue at that time.

 
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Re: why does my 7 year old daughter have bad breath

Look to an ENT. Your girl may have tonsil stones.. these give chronic bad breath and can cause chronic tonsillitis and sinus infections. If the tonsils are enlarged and engorged they can effect sleep and other factors as well. You r best bet for accurate treatment is to consult and ENT specialist in pediatric cases near you.

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