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Common Causes of Bad Breath

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Halitosis (the clinical term we use to describe bad breath) is a problematic and often embarrassing condition that can affect your personal, professional, and social life.

Fortunately, our Port Melbourne dentists can help you with bad breath in a confidential and discreet manner.

To get started, it’s best to pinpoint what’s causing your halitosis. Here are some of the most common factors to consider:

Gum Disease — Periodontal disease is a significant dental infection that lurks below the gums, where brushing and sometimes even flossing cannot reach. You’ll want to schedule a series of deep cleanings at PMD Dental Care to eliminate the odorous bacteria from your mouth, so that it’s easier to maintain a clean smile and prevent halitosis relapse.


Respiratory Illness — Anything from pneumonia to a sinus infection or daily allergies can cause changes within the flora of your mouth. Brushing and flossing won’t help, but seeing your primary care physician to manage the underlying health problem will.


Gastrointestinal Problems — Acid reflux disease and other types of GI problems can cause odours to sneak up through your intestinal tract, leaking into your mouth (and breath!)


Diet or Oral Habits — Odorous foods can lodge sulphur containing compounds in your mouth and especially across the surface of your tongue. Avoiding foods such as eggs, dairy, or garlic before a social encounter will help. But so will cleaning your tongue properly each day. Ask our Port Melbourne dentists how!

We’re Here to Help

If you’re worried about bad breath, PMD Dental Care in Port Melbourne is here to help. We understand it’s a touchy subject, but it’s not one that we’re a stranger to. Be sure to ask during your next checkup and we’ll provide you with a few tips to help get you started on your way to fresher breath.