We all have bad breath in the morning, but if it lasts all day for your son or daughter, then they may be suffering from chronic bad breath (“halitosis”). While it may be easy to brush it off as something that they’ll grow out of, remember that having constant bad breath can have a negative effect on their social life. After all, nobody wants to hang around someone with bad breath. If their breath always smells bad, then their peers  will think of them as “the kid with bad breath,” a nickname that nobody wants. 

What Causes Halitosis?

Halitosis is most commonly caused by mouth breathing. There are a number of reasons why your child may be breathing through their mouth instead of their nose: 

Upper Respiratory Infections

Common colds and allergies can stuff your child’s nasal passage up, causing them to breathe through their mouth. 


The only “fun” part about having tonsilitis is the ice cream you get after your tonsils are taken out. Before that happens though, your child must endure a considerable amount of discomfort. Tonsillitis will cause throat swelling and nasal congestion. With this congestion comes mouth-breathing. If your child experiences signs of severe swelling, fever, or congestion, contact an emergency pediatric dentist immediately.

Oral Infections (Cavities / Gum Disease)

If your child hasn’t been brushing or flossing properly, they may develop an oral infection, such as cavities or gum disease. If left untreated, these conditions will emit a very unpleasant odor. 

How to Treat Halitosis

Whether home treatment is possible depends on what it is that’s causing your son or daughter to breathe through their mouth. Ensuring that they brush their teeth and tongue regularly is important; if they are congested because of one of the above mentioned reasons, then you should seek the aid of a professional, especially if it persists longer than a few weeks. 

Is Your Child Becoming a Chronic Mouth Breather? We Can Help!

If you suspect that your child is suffering from halitosis, then bring them in to CT Pediatric Dentistry for a visit. Located in West Hartford, North Windham, Unionville Connecticut, we’ve been providing expert level dental care to children for decades. Don’t wait–schedule an appointment today! 

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