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So, we’ve established that the most common cause of bad breath is from bad oral hygiene, but what about that rumour that bad breath can come from the stomach?
‘You can get some odours from the stomach, it’s quite rare, but people do get reflux or acid indigestion, so foods that they’ve eaten can come back up and cause odours and smells,’ James explains.
It’s really important that people clean their tongue regularly at least twice a week.’ You can clean your tongue using your toothbrush or if you’re after something more effective, you can use special tongue scrapers which last up to a year.
All it takes is three scrapes – one down the middle, and one down each side, and then you’re done.
A common misperception is that bad breath arises from the stomach, when in reality, it’s only a small percentage.
More common causes though, can be a post nasal drip and gum disease, explains James.
After his second birthday, use a pea-size amount, and when he turns 5, use an amount the size of a small bean.
Similarly, sugar-free mint chewing gum, alcohol free mouthwashes, aftershave and perfume can also work well in deodorising the smell of food and drinks. If your child is a baby, try to wipe or brush his gums and any teeth after each feeding and before bedtime. (No need to use toothpaste at this age.)Once your child is past the baby stage, brush his teeth (and eventually teach him to brush his teeth) at least twice a day and again before bedtime. Until he turns 2, use just a dot of toothpaste the size of a grain of rice (or a thin smear). Try to deal with it matter of factly, even if it embarrasses you a little. (Besides, if your child isn't yet preschool age, he'll probably have trouble swishing and spitting.) Just make sure that his teeth are brushed several times a day. Bad breath – it’s a fear we’ve all faced, but do we really know what causes it?
If your baby uses a pacifier, sterilize it by running it through the dishwasher or dropping it in boiling water.