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Babies generally have a
sweet, pleasant breath. I have heard it said that this is related to breast feeding, but
since the babies I have smelled were both breast fed and had sweet breath, I can't verify
or reject this notion. However, babies and very small children can have bad breath. One
common type is that associated with throat infections, a smell that mothers recognize
better than I. The other kinds are similar to the smells adults have. Very young children
can have smell from the back of their tongues. This odor can be removed by cleaning the
tongue, although this is more difficult to perform with youngsters. Young children can
also have odor coming from their teeth. In most cases, proper brushing can take care of
this. In some cases, in preteens and teenagers, cleaning between adjacent teeth may be
extremely important to minimize bad breath.