How To Treat Bad Breath

Bad BreathBad breath in children is normally the result of bacterial buildup at the back of tongue or between teeth. This is majorly owing to dry mouth, which reduced the saliva action of natural mouth rinsing, letting bacteria to grow rapidly releasing foul smelling gases.

In certain cases, it could be due to sinus condition, kind of foods that child eats, improper oral health or an underlying medical cause. But, there are natural ways to treat bad breath but in case, bad breath still persists after self care techniques, one must consult the dentist for any potential risks to health.

Important Ways To Treat Bad Breath In Children

Drink More Water

With less water consumption, mouth tends to get dry and reduces the saliva production that serves an effective role in clearing off the left over food particles and bacteria from the mouth.

Drink water

The child must be encouraged to drink around 3 to 4 glasses of water every day. Children can also be made to suck a sugarless candy or chew a chewing gum to promote saliva production and eliminate the cause for dry mouth.

Clean The Tongue While Brushing

Children often develop stinky tongues, when bacteria, plague or/and food secretions get collected at the back of the tongue. Try scraping the tongue and encourage tongue brushing with help of soft toothbrush while brushing teeth.

Clean The Tongue While Brushing

Plastic spoon or tongue scrapers can be used to clean the tongue at the back as far as it is comfortable for child to manage. With proper brushing of teeth and tongue, twice a day on regular basis will treat away majority of bad breath problems.

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Homemade Gargle

Prepare a gargle solution using natural extracts of calendula, sage and myrrh gum in equal proportions. Use this solution to gargle for 4 times in a day and get rid of bad breath troubles. This homemade gargle should be stored in tightly sealed jar at room temperature.

Homemade Gargle

Children will take time to adjust to taste or smell of this homemade gargle but the interest to get away with bad breath might insist them to use it willingly. If child is not able to gargle, then just let him/her swish the mouth with this gargle or plain water after every meal. Encourage child to drink some water post eating meals or snacks to clear the mouth from all food debris and promote saliva production.

Apple Cider Vinegar

Use of apple cider vinegar for eliminating bad breath is a popular natural solution in majority of the homes. Dilute 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar in 1 glass of water and allow the child to drink it after every meal or gargle with it for 10 seconds post the meal.

Apple Cider Vinegar

Child can even drink it before the meal as antibacterial properties of apple cider vinegar aids in digestion and work as breath freshener. Avoid consuming large amounts of apple cider vinegar due to its high acidic nature as it can damage tooth enamel, soft tissues or esophagus. Consult the doctor for the right amount before using it as remedy on regular basis.


Eat a portion of parsley post a meal or add it as integral part of all your meals to neutralize bad breath and keep the mouth fresh. Parsley serves as mild antiseptic that also supports digestion, while reducing intestinal gas production that is one of the causes for bad breath.

Beware of excess consumption of parsley as it may result in kidney or liver damage. While using it in children, first consult the dentist for the optimal amount that is safe to be used.

Caution: Please use Home Remedies after Proper Research and Guidance. You accept that you are following any advice at your own risk and will properly research or consult healthcare professional.

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