General And Oral Health


Recent research reveals strong links between oral health and general health. Good oral hygiene – controlling bacterial plaque and preventing periodontal or gum disease inflammation and infection – is essential for maintaining good overall health. To put it simply, keeping your mouth happy and healthy will help to keep your whole body smiling.

As a dentist in Caloundra, we offer clinical periodontal examination that helps prevent, diagnose and treat gum diseases. This helps reduce the risk of serious dental issues. In addition, this examination also helps ensure that your teeth and gums stay healthy for a long time.

If you are looking for comprehensive periodontal exams in Sunshine Coast, get in touch with us to know how we can help. For now, let’s check out the causes and symptoms of dental issues, facts about oral and general health and dental treatments.

Link Between Oral Health and General Health

There’s an underlying link between oral health and general health. As most of the food goes through your mouth, a healthy mouth means a healthy body. Oral issues are known to affect our systemic health as various bacteria and inflammation can be lead to heart disease, Endocarditis and premature birth or low birth weight during pregnancy.

The oral cavity at times can spread to your bloodstream causing infective Endocarditis. This infection is a life-endangering condition that affects the heart valves. The dentist may recommend some antibiotics before performing any dental procedure to dislodge the bacteria in your mouth.

Facts About Oral and General Health

  • Chronic periodontal disease is a risk to the heart and circulatory system, increasing the chance of heart attack and stroke. While oral bacteria can enter the bloodstream through bleeding sites in the mouth and spread throughout the body, a greater risk comes from the increased levels of inflammation from untreated gum disease.
  • Chronic periodontal disease is also a risk for people with diabetes as it can worsen blood glucose control and place them at risk for diabetic complications.
  • Osteoporosis can result in decreased jawbone density and tooth loss. Chronic periodontal disease is another risk factor for patients with osteoporosis as the breakdown of bone and ligaments caused by untreated gum disease further increases the problem.
  • Chronic periodontal disease is a risk during pregnancy, being linked with pre-term, low-weight births. Some studies show that pregnant women with untreated gum disease are 4.28 times more likely to have pre-term, low birth-weight babies.
  • It is also associated with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and pneumonia. This is particularly a risk for the elderly or infirm in care units, hospitals and nursing homes.
  • There may be connections to other medical conditions such as obesity, cancer and rheumatoid arthritis but more work is needed to understand the interactions.

Symptoms of Various Dental Issues

The best preventive measure to avoid experiencing any dental issues would be visiting the dentist every six months. But if you are noticing some of the symptoms listed below you would need to visit the dentist immediately.

  • Toothache
  • Loose tooth
  • Swollen/red/bleeding gums
  • Ulcers, sore spots in your mouth that won’t go away in a week
  • Chronic bad breath
  • Instant pain or irritation while chewing foods
  • Receding gums
  • Pain and swelling of the cheeks and jaw.
  • Opening and closing your jaws cause clicking sounds.
  • Incessant dry mouth.
  • Broken/cracked tooth
  • Unexpected sensitivity due to cold or hot beverages

Note: If all of the above symptoms are followed by a high fever or swelling in the face & neck area you need to contact the dentist immediately.

Main Causes of Dental Problems

Due to poor oral hygiene, a sticky filmy substance known as plaque accumulates around the tooth. If left untreated, it can build up and become hard over time turning into tartar. Also referred to as dental calculus, it causes teeth stains and discolouration. It is common for bacteria and acids in small quantities to reside in your mouth. While they are generally harmless, a high sugar diet creates a condition where the acid-producing bacteria can grow. This could lead to serious conditions like gingivitis and periodontitis.

Some of the common contributing factors for dental problems are:

  • Smoking
  • Poor brushing and flossing habits
  • Chronic diseases like diabetes
  • Frequently snacking on junk sugar foods
  • Consumption of medication that dries out the saliva in the mouth
  • Hormonal changes in women
  • Heartburn or acid reflux
  • Infections such as HIV or AIDS

Diagnosis of Oral/Dental Problems

Dental exams can help diagnose oral and dental problems. The doctor would focus on the teeth, mouth, throat, jaw, neck, tongue, and cheeks during diagnosis.

Dental x-rays can be used to get a clear image of all your teeth.

A tool named ‘probe’ would be used to check and measure your gum pockets. This small tool will help detect whether you have an infection in your gums or not. In a normal, healthy mouth the measurement of the depth of the pockets would be 1 to 3 millimetres. Anything higher than that would mean you are suffering from gum disease.

After the diagnosis, if the dentist finds any unusual lumps, sores or growth in your throat he may suggest a gum biopsy. In this, a small tissue is removed from the lump or growth and the tissue is then sent to a lab for examination for any cancerous cells.

If the dentist suspects oral cancer, he may suggest an imaging test to see if cancer has spread. The test could be an X-ray, MRI, CT scan or Endoscopy.

Common Dental Problems and Tooth Diseases

  • Cavities: Also known as tooth decay or caries, cavities lead to holes in the teeth and can permanently damage your teeth if not treated. Cavities are formed when the acids in the mouth wear down the tooth enamel. They are fairly common and occur due to bacteria or food stuck between the teeth that start forming a plaque. As time passes, this little erosion can lead to permanent damage to the tooth. One can prevent cavities with the help of proper brushing, flossing and dental cleaning.
  • Gingivitis (gum disease): Gingivitis is an inflammation caused in the gums. It is a common oral disease, which results from plaque accumulation due to poor brushing and flossing practices. In this, the gums cause irritation, redness and swelling of your gingiva - a part of your gums around the base of your tooth. Gingivitis must be treated at once or else it could lead to a severe condition, periodontitis.
  • Sensitivity of tooth: If your tooth is sensitive, you may feel discomfort and irritation when consuming cold or hot food items. Some of the sensitivity is natural among people with thinner enamel. Tooth Sensitivity - also known as ‘dentin hypersensitivity’ - can occur due to various reasons such as gum problems, receding gums, cracked/broken teeth and worn-down filling or dental crowns. Many-a times the sensitivity is caused for a short period after a dental filling or root canal. The best way to deal with tooth sensitivity is to improve your oral hygiene practices.
  • Cracked or broken tooth: A crack happens when the person has an injury, if he/she eats something hard or grinds teeth while sleeping. When you have a broken tooth, you may experience inconsistent pain while chewing food or while consuming hot or cold foods. In many cases, the pain is so erratic that the dentist may have a hard time locating the particular tooth causing discomfort.
  • Periodontitis: Also referred to as gum disease, Periodontitis is a serious infection that damages the soft tissue of the tooth. If not treated, it may damage the bone supporting the tooth. This can further loosen your teeth or lead to tooth loss. Periodontitis, even though a common dental issue, can be prevented in adults and kids by maintaining healthy dental hygiene.
  • Oral cancer: The dentist would probably be the first one to identify oral cancer. Oral cancer occurs as a growth or sore in your mouth that doesn’t go away. This may include cancer of gums, lips, tongue, cheek, the floor of the mouth and hard/soft palette.

Dental Treatments and Procedures

  • Professional teeth cleaning:A dental cleaning helps eliminate plaque and tar Performed by a dental hygienist, after removing the tartar, the dental hygienist would use a high-powered toothbrush to clean your teeth. These steps would be followed by flossing and clearing out debris. Also referred to as root planing and scaling, professional teeth cleaning clears out the tart from above and below the gum line that is often missed during regular brushing.
  • Fluoride treatments:Following professional cleaning, the dentist may suggest a fluoride treatment. The dentist would apply fluoride on your teeth to prevent cavities. A natural mineral, fluoride helps strengthen the tooth enamel making them resilient to bacteria and acids.
  • Dental fillings, crowns and sealants: A filling is used to treats cracks, cavities or a hole in the tooth. The dentist will drill out the cavities and fill them with materials such as composite and amalgam. A dental crown is often used after a root canal procedure. The crown is used to cover when a large portion of the tooth is removed due to an injury or decay. There are two types of crown available - one is the implant crown that covers a dental implant. Another is a regular one that fits seamlessly over a natural tooth.
  • Root canal treatment:A root canal becomes necessary when the decay has reached up to the nerve of your tooth. It is a dental procedure to remove the pulp - the soft centre of your tooth. During the procedure, the dentist removes the nerve and replaces it with a filling of bio-compatible material. It is usually a combination of rubber-like material known as gutta-percha and adhesive cement. A root canal is treated under local anaesthesia that numbs the infected area.
  • Antibiotics and Probiotics: Antibiotics are suggested when you have a gum infection that has spread to your teeth & jaw or for tooth abscess. The suggested antibiotics would be in the form of mouth wash gel or oral pills. During surgical procedures, the dentist may also apply the antibiotic gel on your teeth or gums. Probiotics are suggested to prevent plaque and treat bad breath They are also beneficial for oral cancer and to reduce gum inflammation.

#Prevention of Oral and Dental Problems

Good oral health helps balance your general as well as dental health. Some of the best ways to prevent oral and dental problems include:

  • Brush your teeth with fluoride toothpaste
  • Routine flossing (at least once a day)
  • A regular visit to the dentist
  • Avoid chewing tobacco or smoking
  • Include high fibre food in your diet that is low in sugar and fat
  • Limit junk and sugary foods in your diet.

Further Reading: Best and worst foods for your teeth

Need help with chronic periodontal disease? Contact Oris Dental to book an appointment now.

Stay healthy and keep smiling!

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Minyama QLD 4575, Australia

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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.