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Redmond Kids Dentistry September 2022 Newsletter
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Our treatment philosophy centers around each child's individual needs and concerns to create a gentle and caring approach that works for that child. We firmly believe that a positive, enjoyable dental experience will help children build confidence and knowledge that will create a lifetime of great dental health.
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Can My Child Develop Halitosis?
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Halitosis is another name for bad breath. It is a very common oral concern and affects many people, including kids. Having bad breath can be a nuisance and often embarrassing. When considering addressing the problem of halitosis for your child, you should focus on the cause instead of just masking the problem.

The common reason why kids have bad breath is an infection in the upper respiratory system. Something like the common cold, allergies, and postnasal drip can lead to bad breath. When this happens, treatment can be complex, especially if one or several of these issues are chronic.

A condition or infection of the gums may be another reason your child is having halitosis. Like in adults, infection of the gums or gum disease tends to have an offensive odor. The level of brushing and flossing that children exercise directly impacts the presence and development of gum disease. A large untreated cavity can cause a strong smell, which leads to bad breath. You should visit a dentist if you have gum disease or a cavity.

Mouth breathing can make any bacterial infection present in the mouth get worse. The dryness leads to increased potency in mouth bacteria.

Treatment of halitosis varies based on the cause of the condition. You need to watch out for ingredients in products likely to mask bad breath. For instance, sucking on a mint won't help and it can result in more harm than good. This is because if you have to do it regularly to mask halitosis, it can lead to decay. If you have to do it, consider chewing sugarless mints and gum.

Feel free to reach out to our oral team to have your questions about halitosis answered or to get treatment for the condition.


What is Tonsillitis and How Does it Impact Oral Health?
Tonsillitis is a condition where there is swelling or inflammation of the tonsils. Bad breath happens because the swelling tonsils tend to restrict the airway, leading to mouth breathing. As such, mouth breathing contributes to dry mouth.

When the mouth is dry, there is insufficient saliva. And without saliva, bacteria tend to accumulate, increasing in population. Saliva acts as a natural mouth cleanser, sweeping away bacteria, hence reducing their population. So, if you have tonsillitis, you may have a worsened gum infection because of the bacteria responsible for causing the disease.

Talk to us to find out more about oral health and what factors influence it.



Should I Introduce My Kids To Whitening Products?
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We all want our teeth to look as white as snow. You remember when you were a baby, your teeth used to look sparklingly white. The enamel of baby teeth is thinner and whiter than that of adult teeth. That is why you notice that brilliant white smile in children. However, you may find that at times, there is staining and discoloration on your children's teeth. When this happens, you may think of applying a whitening product to whiten your child's teeth. We recommend not doing it.

Your child's tooth enamel is quite thin and still developing. So, exposing it to those whitening products can potentially and permanently damage it. If you notice staining on your child's primary teeth, you can remove simple stains with a better brushing technique. Also, call our office to schedule a dental exam and cleaning. Our dentist can clean surface stains in our office.



Our treatment philosophy centers around each child's individual needs and concerns to create a gentle and caring approach that works for that child. We firmly believe that a positive, enjoyable dental experience will help children build confidence and knowledge that will create a lifetime of great dental health.



Redmond Kids Dentistry | redmondkidsdentistry.com | (425) 558-4562
16650 NE 79th Street, Suite 100, Redmond, WA 98052



 

 

 
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