My girl has bad breath. Need to visit dentist?


Hi mummies,

My 20mths old girl is having bad breath. I clean her teeth with small handkerchief twice a day but there are days when she refused to get her teeth clean. From what I can see is no tooth decay so far but there's bad breath. She don't have bad breath before hence I'm a bit concern.

Do I need to bring her for a dental check up?
If yes, any toddler friendly dentist to recommend?
If no, what can I do to get rid of the bad breath? At what age should we go for her 1st dental appointment?

Many thanks.


i think is fine to bring her to the dentist if you want But i dont think it will help that much because your girl don't have tooth decay.
i went to google and there are quite a number of reasons for bad breath such as bacteria or like heaty from TCM point of view. I guess maybe you want to try feed her with some cooling tea and see how it goes.


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  • Brush your teeth after every meal and floss. Do this at least twice a day.
  • Chew a handful of cloves, fennel seeds, or aniseeds. They possess antiseptic qualities that can fight odor-causing bacteria.
  • Chew a piece of lemon or orange rind. Wash the rind thoroughly before you chew it. The citric acid in these fruits will stimulate the salivary glands.
  • Chew gum in the morning. Gum and mints can help fight bad breath and “increase salivation.”
  • Chew parsley leaves in the morning. Parsley can kill bacteria that cause bad breath because it is rich in chlorophyll, “which is thought to have antibacterial activity.”
  • Get regular dental checkups and cleanings.
  • Replace your toothbrush every two to three months.
  • Snack on a celery or an apple once a day. Celery and apples have a high water content, and they can “increase saliva production by stimulating salivary glands and moisturizing the mouth.” You can also drink water or eat some yogurt, cherries, lettuce, and cucumbers to improve saliva flow. Avoid foods that can make your mouth dry such as coffee, soda, salty nuts, and popcorn. (Related: Bad breath cures revealed: Top 7 ways to overcome severe halitosis for good.)
  • Use a tongue scraper (or spoon) every morning to help “decrease the bacteria, fungi, and dead cells” in your mouth that can cause morning breath.
  • Use baking soda instead of toothpaste. Brush your teeth with a peroxide and baking soda mixture. Dr. Lowenberg explains that the mixture can kill most odor-causing bacteria.

According to the Mayo Clinic, bad breath can also be a symptom “of an underlying health problem” such as mouth infections, chronic reflux of stomach acids, and metabolic disorders. Consult a healthcare professional to determine if your bad breath is caused by a health condition.

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