Bad breath (technically called halitosis) is a common problem that can be socially embarrassing for anyone. But given the nature of teens, anything that could affect their social life can amplify their distress. To treat bad breath in teenagers, you must learn what has caused the underlying condition and prevent it from happening again.
According to Raising Children Network, most children and teens wake up with bad breath. However, it usually goes away after breakfast and cleaning their teeth. This sort of bad breath is nothing to worry about. But if your teen has a problem that lingers, there are other causes of bad breath, such as:
- a blocked nose
- throat or mouth infections
- gum disease
- tooth decay
Additionally, certain behaviours or activities could be contributing to a teenager’s bad breath. For example, a high-protein diet, anorexia and smoking can all contribute to halitosis. Failing to clean their orthodontic devices, e.g., braces, adequately, or simply not brushing their teeth, could also be the culprit.