Studies have shown that parents can't detect BAD Breath on their children. But others like their teachers, dentists, relatives & friends can. As adults, we are usually aware if we have halitosis. Children on the other hand, will have difficulty noticing it on their own (unless other kids are making fun of them because of it).
There are three main causes of bad breath. The first one is plaque. This is the soft white stuff that you can see near the gum line when your child is not brushing. Plaque can become the tartar if its left alone and not cleaned out for several days and also it can initiate softening of the enamel that leads to a cavity.
The second cause of bad breath is dry mouth. Dry mouth in children is usually a cause of an underlying medical problem, allergies, medication and mouth breathing. And the last but not the least cause of bad breath is DIET. Talk about eating garlic breads and onions on their sandwiches, of course that's obvious cause.
What to do:
We can pay close attention to their brushing habits and oral hygiene. As parents, we need to supervise and ensure that they're doing a better job in their brushing & flossing technique in addition to rinsing their mouth after snacking. Developing this habits in them can help maintain an excellent oral health, preventing bad breath and even cavities.
And regular dental visits is necessary. We at Jeff Velasquez, DDS your Long Beach Dentist recommends at least twice a year dental cleaning & check up.
Did u know that it is important to keep your dog's teeth clean too? With regular toothbrushing like we do, we can keep our pets free of cavity and bad breath.
We kiss them, we hug them and we play with them. Brushing their teeth is one of the ways to keep them healthy.
Bon-Bon loves to brush her teeth because she loves the taste of her toothpaste but she doesn't like the rotary toothbrush. Here's one tip for all of us, please do not use human toothpaste on them because they can't rinse their mouth and they tend to swallow everything. Our toothpaste contains FLOURIDE which is bad for the dog's system.
Brush the teeth of your pet to keep them away from bad breath. Till next time, thanks for reading our newsletters.
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The Good: This main course is packed with protein.
The Bad: "Turkey can be difficult to eat because it sometimes gets stuck between your teeth," says ADA spokesperson Dr. Kim Harms. "That’s where flossing can help."
The MouthHealthy: It's the star of the Thanksgiving table. Gobble it up!
The Good: It's a tasty Thanksgiving tradition.
The Bad: Cranberries are naturally tart, so sugar or sugar substitutes are often added to recipes. This side dish can be sticky, acidic and may temporarily stain your teeth.
The MouthHealthy: If eaten alone the sugar content, stickiness, tendency for the little berries to get stuck between your teeth and acidity make it one of those foods that needs to be eaten with a meal."
The Good: Sweet potatoes are rich in Vitamins A and C, which help keep your gums healthy. They can also be prepared in many ways.
The Bad: Candied yam recipes call for marshmallows. Sticky foods can damage your teeth since they tend to stay on your teeth longer than other types of food.
The MouthHealthy: If candied, enjoy in moderation and drink plenty of water with your meal to help wash away any leftover food.
Green Bean Casserole
The Good: “Green beans are healthy, mushrooms are healthy, onions are healthy,” Dr. Harms says.
The Bad: “It can be sticky and little beans may get stuck in your teeth,” Dr. Harms says.
The MouthHealthy: Dig in! But you may want to keep a floss pick handy. “This is good stuff,” Dr. Harms says.
Macaroni and Cheese
The Good: Say cheese! Many recipes call for cheese and milk. The calcium from these ingredients helps strengthen teeth.
The Bad: “Good cheese can be gooey,” Dr. Harms says. White pastas are also starchy and can leave sugar behind on your teeth.
The MouthHealthy: As with many feast-worthy foods, eat a sensible portion and break out your brush and floss later.
Mashed Potatoes and Gravy
The Good: “Potatoes are an important dietary source of vitamin C, B6 and potassium,” Dr. Harms says.
The Bad: Potatoes are starchy, and cavity-causing bacteria loves the sugar that makes up starch.
The MouthHealthy: “If covered with gravy, the health benefits of the overall dish are diminished to some extent, but this is a holiday and only comes once a year,” she says.
The Good: Pumpkin has Vitamin A, which helps keep your gums healthy and builds the hard outer shell of your teeth (enamel).
The Bad: There’s the added sugar in the pie itself and whatever whipped topping you put on top.
The MouthHealthy: This is usually a once-a-year treat, but dish it out after dinner. Eating sweets shortly after meals helps keep saliva flowing to wash away leftover food.
Dr. Jeff D. Velasquez