Let’s be honest, there’s very little that’s cuter than a baby who has two or three teeth popping up out of their gums. Their not-quite-toothless grin could make anyone smile from ear to ear.
What’s the one thing that can diminish the endearing quality of a teething baby? Bad breath! A sour smell from the mouth is not only unpleasant, but it can also be a sign of an underlying issue that needs to be addressed.
At Children’s Dentistry of Las Vegas, Dr. Ben Salar and our entire staff love helping our youngest patients! If you’re worried about your child’s bad breath when they’re teething, here are a few suggestions for how to help.
1. Check Their Mouth for a Foreign Object
First things first, check to make sure your baby doesn’t have a piece of food or a foreign object wedged between their cheek and gums. Sometimes, something small can sit in a pocket of the mouth, which emits an odor over time. Just identify the object and brush it away. Simple!
2. Check for Dry Mouth
Does your child suffer from dry mouth? This can be caused by a host of issues like breathing too much through their mouth, or by certain medications. A dry mouth means a lack of saliva, and that bacteria can’t naturally wash away. This bacteria buildup could be the cause of your child’s bad breath when teething.
3. Check Their Tongue
Hopefully, you’re remembering to brush your child’s new teeth a couple of times a day for two minutes at a time. But are you remembering to brush their tongue as well? The tongue harbors countless odor-causing bacteria that sometimes get forgotten. Gently brush their tongue with a soft-bristled toothbrush for a few seconds at the same time you brush your child’s teeth.
4. Check with Their Pediatrician
Sometimes a child can get bad breath due to a cold, flu, or allergies. Bacteria in their nose and throat could be causing unpleasant smelling breath. If you notice signs of any respiratory illness, consider calling your child’s pediatrician to see if they want you to schedule an appointment.
5. Check with Their Pediatric Dentist
If your baby has bad breath when they’re teething, and there are no readily apparent reasons for why it’s happening, it’s time to call your child’s pediatric dentist. Remember: your child should have their first dentist appointment within six months after their first tooth emerges or by their first birthday, whichever comes first. A pediatric dentist can help find any underlying issues for your baby’s bad breath.
Visit Children’s Dentistry of Las Vegas
When it’s time for baby’s first checkup, make sure you schedule a consultation with Children’s Dentistry. We have ten neighborhood locations in the Las Vegas area, making it simple to schedule an appointment that’s convenient for your family.
All of our offices are currently accepting new patients, and each office works with dental insurance plans, including Medicaid. If you have any questions about bad breath when your baby’s teething, contact us for an appointment today.