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Pediatric  Dental  Health


April 1, 2003

HALITOSIS AND BAD BREATH IN CHILDREN


Bad breath can be an embarrassing problem for children, as well as parents. Bad breath, or halitosis, can be a symptom of various conditions including: postnasal drip, dry mouth, dental problems, and sinusitis. Halitosis in children is often due to the decomposition of mucus secretions and debris which accumulate on the tongue, in the nose, and between the teeth.

Halitosis is an offensive odor which comes from the mouth, nose, or airway. It is also defined as exhaled air containing more than 75 parts per billion of odor-producing volatile sulfur compounds.

         
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