Maintaining oral health does not only concern adults. Even babies sometimes develop certain oral problems that require the attention of competent family dentists. Bad breath also commonly known as halitosis is one of the oral conditions babies develop due to nasal obstruction or respiratory infections. Most parents fail to understand how theirsix-month-oldbabies develop bad breath, which is mainly associated with adults who don’t observe oral hygiene habits.
Dr. Bradley Scott of Scott Dentistry explains why babies develop halitosis.
Lodged Foreign Objects in Nasal Passages
Many toddlers have a tendency to touch, eat, and play with any foreign object that catches their attention. Pediatricians usually find small toys, coins, peas, and beans lodged in the nasal passages of most young children whenever their parents speculate their kids have respiratory problems. Obstructive objects stuck in the nasal passages irritate the neighboring delicate nasal tissues. The irritation causes inflammation of tissues and excess secretion of mucus. The viscous mucus in the throat attracts many anaerobic bacteria that eventually contribute to the development of bad breath.
Most babies don’t sleep with their mouths closed. What parents don’t realize is that slightly opened mouths let air in, reducing saliva flow and the amount of oxygen in the mouth. Dry mouths devoid of oxygen later become a favorable environment for anaerobic bacteria that cause bad breath. The bacteria begin to reproduce rapidly consuming any juice droplets, milk, and mucus on the erupted teeth and gums.
Volatile Sulfur Compounds
According to most family dentists, anaerobic bacteria excrete volumes of volatile sulfur compounds after digesting mouth debris rich in proteins. The sulfur compounds usually contain foul-smellinggases such as cadaverine, putrescine, and skatole that smell like rotten eggs. To control this condition, competent dentists recommend certain effective oxygenating and hydrating techniques that make the baby’s mouth unfavorable for anaerobic bacterial growth.
With the above information, parents can now understand that halitosis is a problem that their toothless babies can inevitably develop. The good news is that experienced dentists have safe and painless ways of treating this condition.