Ask the Nurse

My 9-year old grandson went to the dentist and the dentist told his Mom that his bad breath was due to his sinuses. What should be the recommended course of treatment?

Bad breath or halitosis can be from the oral cavity, nasal passages, or from other areas. Good oral hygiene is one of the best ways to treat halitosis. It seems that you have covered the oral hygiene aspect with the dentist. Sinusitis and post nasal drip can cause bad breath, however, this is best diagnosed by a thorough history and physical by a healthcare provider.

The best way to figure out where his malodorous breath is coming from would be to take him to his pediatrician for an evaluation.

July 22, 2011 at 5:18pm