Frequently Asked Questions on Dental Health Care


Dental health care is an essential part of your overall well being. The earlier you start with oral hygiene habits like flossing, brushing, limiting sugar intake, the easier it will be to avoid complex dental procedures in the future. Good oral health also helps boosts confidence and improves self-esteem. Below we have answered a few of the frequently asked questions on how to improve dental health. These will help prevent common dental problems. And, if you have any other queries, get in touch with us for further information.

A] Dental Health Care: Commonly Asked Questions

1. Why is dental health care important?

Good dental health care is vital to prevent dental problems like cavities, periodontal disease, bruxism-related conditions, gingivitis, and bad breath. Oral health also affects general health. So, if you neglect oral care for the long term, even a minor dental problem can culminate into a fatal health condition. For example, if you have an untreated tooth cavity, you are at risk of developing chronic diseases like diabetes.

2. What are the different types of dental problems?

The different types of dental problems are toothache, tooth decay (cavity), tooth sensitivity, tooth erosion, discoloured teeth, gum disease, mouth sores, dry mouth, bad breath, root infection, chipped/broken/cracked tooth, impacted tooth, teeth grinding, crooked teeth, and teeth crowding. To learn more about dental problems and are their solutions, check out our infographic!

3. What are some of the early signs of dental issues?

Some early signs of dental issues are jaw, gum or tooth pain, bleeding gums, recurring bad breath, irregular patches or lumps in the mouth and mouth sores.

4. What are some of the ways to improve dental health?

As a family-friendly dentist in Sunshine Coast, this is the most commonly asked question by our patients. Thus, we have listed some of the best tips for healthy teeth and gums.

  • Gently brush your teeth twice a day for approximately 30 seconds in every area of the mouth.
  • Choose the right toothbrush, preferably the soft-bristled one that helps clean the root surface, gums and teeth enamel without any damage.
  • Change your toothbrush after every three months.
  • Use fluoride toothpaste as it helps prevent bacteria and plaque formation. It also helps strengthen the teeth enamel and provides a fresh minty breath.
  • Plaque can build up on the tongue, leading to bad breath. So, gently brush your tongue every time you brush your teeth.
  • Use mouthwash to reduce the amount of acid in the mouth and clean hard-to-brush areas around the gums. It can also help re-mineralise the teeth.
  • Visit the dentist regularly, as preventive dental care can help discover minor issues before they become significant problems.


5. Are they any benefits of good oral health?

Some of the dental health benefits that you can obtain by practising good oral hygiene are:

  • A bright and confident smile
  • No bad breath
  • Less chances of tooth decay and gum disease
  • Improved general health and well-being


6. Is flossing important?

Flossing is a great way to improve dental health as it helps dispel the food lodged between teeth, preventing plaque. The general thumb rule is to brush twice a day and floss at least once (preferably at night).

7. Are sweets and ice really bad for my teeth?

Yes, they are! Sweets contain sugar that tends to stick to the teeth for longer durations, leading to the build-up of plaque. Plaque can damage your tooth enamel, resulting in tooth decay. Chewing on ice can also damage your tooth enamel, making it brittle and leading to chipped, cracked or broken teeth. Citrus fruits, potato chips, and sugary drinks are some other food items that are bad for the teeth.

8. What foods are good for my teeth?

Green leafy vegetables, fruits, cheese, milk, yoghurt, nuts, meat and fatty fish are some food items that are good for the teeth.

9. What are some of the effective brushing techniques?

Brushing teeth helps eliminate plaque and bacteria from the mouth, keeping it clean and healthy. Here are some effective brushing techniques to improve oral hygiene.

  • Hold the toothbrush correctly: An ideal angle for holding the toothbrush is 45 degrees, as it guarantees the bristles are pointed where the gums and teeth meet.
  • Stillman technique: This technique focuses on cleaning the chewing surfaces using short circular strokes. Next, tilt the brush to clean the underside of the gum line - utilise half the brush to clean the tooth surface and the other half to clean the gums.
  • Bass or secular technique: This two-step brushing technique includes holding the brush at 45 degrees. Move the brush in a circular motion under the gumline. This helps prevent gum diseases. The next step is to place the toothbrush in a vertical position and brush the outer surface of the teeth. This helps remove the food particles lodged between the teeth.
  • Charter technique: This technique is mainly for people with gum recession, exposed roots, or those with spaces between their teeth. It is suggested to patients with fixed or partial dentures or adults with braces. While using this technique, hold your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle. Now use gentle, circular motions for at least 15 to 20 counts. Keep repeating the same till you’ve covered all chewing surfaces.


10. How often should I get a dental check-up?

If you suffer from dental problems, it is advisable to visit the dentist every three to four months. For others, visiting the dentist twice a year is enough.

11. How does poor dental health affect overall health?

General health and dental health are co-related. Here’s how poor dental health affects overall health.

  • Cardiovascular health: Inflammation in the gums can increase inflammation throughout the body, leading to an increased risk of cardiovascular disease. Poor dental health can also increase the risk of heart disease or stroke in those suffering from hypertension.
  • Diabetes: Periodontitis (a severe gum infection) can cause your blood sugar level to rise. This, in turn, can make managing diabetes more difficult. Periodontitis can be prevented through regular teeth cleaning.
  • Teeth grinding: Poor dental health can also lead to teeth grinding (Bruxism). This condition can damage the enamel of your teeth, causing teeth sensitivity.


12. Is smoking bad for my teeth?

Smoking can damage your teeth, causing teeth discolouration, bad breath, inflammation of the salivary glands, and delayed healing after tooth extraction. It increases the loss of bone within the jaw, builds up tartar and plaque, and lowers the success rate of dental implants. Plus, it increases the risk of developing oral cancer and white patches in the mouth and can lead to gum disease.

To learn more about how smoking affects teeth, check out this blog.

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Dr. Adarsh Pisharodi

Dr. Adarsh Pisharodi, serving as the principal dentist at Oris Dental, brings a wealth of expertise spanning over 26 years to his esteemed practice. Specializing in cosmetic dentistry, dental implants, and orthodontics, he takes immense pride in rejuvenating countless smiles and instilling confidence in Sunshine Coast residents. As an esteemed member of the Australian Dental Association and esteemed dental societies, he remains steadfast in delivering exceptional care to his patients.

Adarsh (Principal Dentist)


Adarsh (A-Dash) is the principal dentist at Oris Dental. Adarsh graduated as a dentist in 1996 from the University of Mumbai (Bombay, India). He entered private practice as an assistant dentist in one of the leading practices in Mumbai from 1996-2002. The practice offered all aspects of dentistry with the exception of Orthodontics. This prompted Adarsh to pursue a post graduate degree in Orthodontics and successfully completed the 3 year Full time the master’s program from University of Mumbai (Bombay, India) in 2005. Since then, Adarsh has been in private practice both as a general dentist and an orthodontist. He also served as teaching faculty at University in Mumbai for 3 yrs and when in India, he has been ‘the dentist’ to many dentists!! In 2008, Adarsh took the Australian Dental Council exam for direct recognition of his skill in Australia. He successfully completed the exams in the first attempt and moved to Australia early 2009. He has been in private practice in Australia since Jan 2009. Oris Dental was set up in Minyama in 2011. Oris Dental is now over 8 years old and is growing to be a well-respected practice in the area. He is particularly interested in Cosmetic dentistry Dental implants and Orthodontics. Adarsh hopes to use all the experience he has gained in the past 22 years, to offer the best in dentistry to all his patients in this practice. Adarsh believes in spreading smiles and has successfully designed smiles and in doing so improved the lives and self-confidence of many Sunshine Coast locals (Take a look at our Smile gallery!). Adarsh is an active member of the Australian Dental Association since 2009 He held the post of Senior Lecturer in Orthodontics in Mumbai University before moving to Australia. He is a Life member of the Indian Dental Association, serving as the General Secretary of the Association (Mumbai City Chapter) 2007-2009 He is Life member of the Indian Orthodontic Society. He is Candidate for Membership Examination MRACDS (Ortho) and plans to complete his membership exams soon. Adarsh is also currently pursuing his Diploma in Implant dentistry at the Royal College of Surgeons(Edinburgh). Adarsh has recently complete intensive training in implant placement and restoration in Neoss and TRI (Swiss) Implant system. He is married to Prachi for 15yrs and they have a 11 yr old son – Aarjav, a little daughter Aria who has just started prep and Daisy the mad Lab pup! He is currently learning to play Tennis and Badminton and loves watching the cricket!

Prachi (Owner/ Dentist)


Prachi is the director, part time dentist at Oris Dental. Prachi graduated in 2002 from Nair hospital dental college, Mumbai (Bombay, India), one of the leading dental schools in Asia. She then worked in multiple private practices across Mumbai (Bombay, India). While working as a dentist in various practices she picked up the positives from them and implemented them into this practice at Oris Dental. She is very friendly by nature and is particularly good at handling children, preventive dentistry and hygiene. Prachi moved to Australia in 2009. Prachi has there on completed her Australian Dental council exams successfully in early 2011 and is now ready to bring in her 12 years of experience to Oris Dental. Prachi also serves as a part time dentist at the Oral Health Services Sunshine Coast in Caloundra Kawana and Nambour as needed.

Davina (Dentist)


Davina has been a part of our family since 2014. After completing her bachelor’s degree from the University of Queensland, Davina has been in private practice in an around the Sunshine coast for a year before joining us full time. Davina shows exemplary skills in building a great relationship and rapport with her patients and is well regarded by her peers. Davina is very highly regarded by her current patients. Davina currently works 3 days a week.

Lise Slack (Dental Hygienist)

Lise Stack

Our dental hygienist Lise Slack is a trained member of the dental team who works together with your dentist in preventing gum diseases and dental decay.

Lise joined OrisDental in 2015 and has worked extensively in private specialist practices. She graduated from the University of Stellenbosch in South Africa in 1982 and has had specific training and exposure to an extensive range of periodontal conditions and treatment modalities.

Lise’s dad was a professor in dentistry and this is where her love of teeth comes from. She has invented two specialist oral care products which are available in Australia and several international countries. Lise has also lectured at international dental conferences on the maintenance of dental implants and how to help patients care for their teeth once they have contracted periodontitis.

Both adults and children can benefit from having an appointment with a dental hygienist as they are taught how dental diseases occur and how it can be prevented or managed.

Lise is married to Sam and they have two daughters. They value their family time and love adventurous outdoor sports.

Jesse (Dental Assistant)

Jesse (Dental Assistant)

Jess has been a part of Oris Dental from the outset in 2011. Always cheerful and welcoming Jess is the star amongst our patients at our practice. If you cannot find Jess in the practice she will be at the beach!


Kaela (Receptionist)

Debra (Receptionist)

Kaela arrived at our practice in early 2021. Coming from eight years of retail experience in Northern NSW, she loves working with people and assisting in any way she can. Kaela has also just finished her training as a dental assistant. You will immediately fall in love with her happy, bubbly personality.

Abby (Sr. Dental Assistant)

Abby (Dental Assistant)

Abby is originally from Hervey Bay, but she has been calling the Sunshine Coast home with her husband and two kids for the past four and a half years. Abby completed her cert III in dental assisting in 2015 and is looking to further her studies In the near future. Abby enjoys camping, playing guitar, and travelling
the world with her family.

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    Dr. Param Dass

    Dr. Param Dass

    Param Dass graduated with a Bachelor in Dentistry from the University of Otago, NZ in 2005. He went on to complete his Bachelor in Medicine from the University of Auckland NZ in 2010.

    Param started working part time in our practice since 2015 with special interest in surgical procedures including Dental implants and bone grafting procedures, Surgical extractions including Wisdom teeth and other minor surgical procedures.

    Param is well known for being gentle and caring in treating patients with dental anxiety and maintains a calm demeanour.

    He is also well trained in working with patients with various levels of anxiety, offering dental treatment under Happy Gas, Twilight sedation or under Full general anaesthetic.

    Dr. Brayden Fracchia

    Dr. Brayden Fracchia

    Brayden hails from North Queensland, having completed his Bachelor of Dental Surgery at JCU Cairns, practicing in Hobart and outreach dentistry from Mount Isa over the course of his studies. He has worked with us since 2020. Brayden enjoys becoming a part of a community and enjoys the outdoors and sport in his spare
    time. Having only recently moved to the beautiful Sunshine Coast, Brayden is enthusiastic and well versed in all aspects of basic general dentistry and looks forward to bringing North Queensland hospitality to the South East.



    Briar stated off as a trainee dental assistant in our practice mid-2020. She is the youngest member of our practice and is rapidly becoming an integral part of team Oris. Briar completed her Certificate 3 in our practice in 2021 and works full time Dental assistant at Oris Dental.



    Drew is Oris Dental’ newest member, who has only recently moved from his hometown of Rockhampton. He is our Oral Health Therapist, who specializes in oral health education, general check-ups, fillings and more!
    He loves a good chat and a laugh at work. He prioritizes patient’s comfort and likes to encourage an environment where everyone feels a sense of security and safety in the dental setting. When Drew isn’t at work you’ll find him having a refreshing swim at the beach or having his usual dirty chai at his local cafe.



    Jasmine joined our practice in November 2021 and works with our Oral Health Therapist Drew. Jasmine is new to dental assistance, however is quickly taking on any and all challenges that come her way! She loves animals, and spending quality time with her husband and two kids. Welcome to the team!



    Brooke is originally from Brisbane but has been living on the coast since 2017. She brings over 15 years of experience in the dental industry and has had the opportunity to work in London and Melbourne for the Royal Flying Doctors. Brooke enjoys surfing, scuba diving and exploring the many things that the Sunny Coast has to offer.

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