How to control the bad breath in the teenagers?

How to control the bad breath in the teenagers?

Teenagers are very conscious about their presentation and having bad breath could be quite disturbing and worry some. Interactions may seem difficult to you which in turn effects your confidence overall.

As a parent, it might not be a pleasant experience when you go closer to hug your teen or having them yawning in the car or any such thing when they have issues with the smell of their breath. But before control, you need to help your child with assurance and awareness about the situation. You need to put forth his/her bad smelling breathe in an appropriate and relaxed manner, so as you do not hurt your child. And you need to do it before anyone else does in a rude slang.

Your teen needs to know that bad breath is of no indication of personal failure and is quite normal. You have to assure them that it could be dealt with and isn’t something to stress about. It can be caused by eating certain kinds of foods, as the odour from these foods is expelled from the lungs after they’re absorbed into the bloodstream such as garlic, onions, cabbage, and coffee are notorious in this regard. The other probability could be, the underlying dental or medical conditions (cavities or gum disease, could also be diabetes) or a dry mouth and at times certain lifestyle choices like cigarette smoking or tobacco.

Getting Rid of Bad Breath: No doubt that it could be cured but knowing the root cause is also important or else you will simply be brushing your teeth all day. Here’s all that could be and how to prevent it.

Oral Care:

As bad breath is commonly an oral issue and related to the mouth, keep your teeth and gums fresh, could be a quick fix to the issue. A lot of times halitosis is the result of disrupted mouth care and the germs and food remains start turning to bacteria giving out a bad smell. And so, practice brushing your teeth at least twice each day and floss for once. When you brush, keep in mind to brush for a minimum of 2 minutes and gargle thoroughly.

Oral Care

Dental Visits: If brushing does not help then dental visits could be an option. It will let you know or come to information if you may be having any sort of infection or gum disease. These infections could lead to cavities and odour. Even if you are having healthy teeth, it is recommended to visit a dentist for check up every 6 months.

Braces or Retainers: Orthodontist treatments are common among teenagers, but it gets difficult to keep your mouth clean. Food particles stuck in between the wires or nook may be difficult to remove and cause bad breath. So being careful while you brush after every meal and gargle nicely to try and keep your mouth clean. Ask your dentist if there are any better ways to keep your mouth fresh.

teen eating junk food

Food Choices:

The kind of food we eat may also be a problem when it comes to bad breath. Particularly when teens eat sweet and sticky food, it forms a layer of plaque that leads to bacteria between teeth making them smell. So, limit sweets and limit cavities and as an alternative eat fresh and crunchy fruits and vegetables and wash away food debris and bacteria before they start to be a problem.

Avoid Smoking: Teen who are into smoking cigarettes and other tobacco products often have a foul odour. The tobacco enters your lungs and comes out with each breathes. It leaves a bad smell recognizable easily. So, brushing or floss would not help fix this issue. You would need to quit smoking to avoid bad breath and staying healthy physically and orally. Drink lots of water. If you do not drink water for a long time which may lead to dry mouth and absence of saliva which helps bacteria grow.

There could also be a few other reasons for dry mouth and simple saliva formation methods, be toothpaste or chewing gum would help in. Visiting a medical professional would be the last sort if you are morally healthy and this is approved by your dentist, then the case could be a medical issue with kidney or lungs. Whatever it may be, eating healthy and keeping your mouth fresh will help you with most of it. So happy smiling.

1.Knowing the root cause of bad breath would help with the treatment.
2.Oral care is the most important and quick fix to foul odour.
3.Taking extra care with braces and food selection is necessary.
4.Visit your dentist and/or physician as required.

Getting Rid of Bad Breath:

Oral Care

Dental Visits

Braces or Retainers

Food Choices

Avoid Smoking

If brushing does not help then dental visits could be an option

Teenagers are very conscious about their presentation and having bad breath


Malathi A Ganesh is a B. Com Graduate, NTT, M.A (Lit), PGDEA (PG in Education Administration), PGDCA (PG Diploma in Computer Application), DTE (Diploma in Teaching English), ICEPT (International Certificate in Education Preschool Teaching) from Singapore and B. Ed. She has been in the field of education for the past 20 years and has an experience of running her own pre-school She is the Founder & Director Academics of Smartkidz Educare India Pvt Ltd with 275+ play schools Pan India. She is an Educationist and a Child Psychologists by profession who wants to fulfill her dream of giving Quality Education to children in their earlier years. She is also into conducting positive parenting workshops, which talks about effective child rearing. She has conducted numerous parenting workshops in all her pre schools, schools and MNC’s.

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