Ways Your Dental Health Affects You

Oral health is as important as your physical health. Poor oral health can lead to many problems, and if you are one of those who simply ignore your oral health, then its time you pay attention to it.

A] What Causes Poor Oral Health?

If you don’t brush your teeth or floss properly, it could lead to many health issues. Oral health has a much greater impact on your body than you may realize.

Your mouth is full of good and bad bacteria. The harmful bacteria normally feed on the sugar that you consume. It creates acids that attack the tooth enamel, which causes bacterial infections that could lead to tooth decay or cavities.

If the tooth is not treated on time, it can leave a huge impact on your overall health.Thus, one can’t ignore the importance of oral hygiene, which is why taking care of your teeth and gums is essential as it will not only help you to flaunt a pretty smile but also improve the health of your body.

B] Ways Your Oral Health Affects You

  1. Cardiovascular Health

Gum infection or gum inflammation raises the risk of heart diseases or strokes. If there is an inflammation in your gums, it increases the inflammation throughout your body. Inflammation throughout the body is a major risk factor for cardiovascular diseases. Gum diseases that are caused by extended bacterial exposure can also lead to heart problems.

Poor oral health generally interferes with blood pressure control in people who have hypertension. In some cases, it may cause the condition of periodontal disease. Periodontal is a condition that is marked by tooth damage or gum infection. The disease worsens blood pressure and also interferes with hypertension treatment.

If the blood pressure in the body is not controlled, it may cause heart problems. So, indirectly a gum infection that stays for too long can affect your heart health. It is important to visit the dentist at least once every two-three months to prevent any kind of gum inflammation, as a problem in one area may trigger something bigger in others.

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  1. Diabetes

Do you know that diabetic people are more prone to gum diseases? But, do you know that gum disease is also a cause for diabetes? New studies have suggested that gum diseases may contribute to diabetes.

Gum diseases may affect blood glucose control in the body. Periodontal disease may also cause the condition of diabetes. The periodontal infection affects the bacteria that produce toxins, which then affects the carb metabolism in different cells.

The host response to periodontal bacteria increases the insulin resistance that causes an increase in the blood sugar level. Thus, keeping your blood sugar level in control is important to avoid oral health issues.

  • For the condition of dry mouth, use a mouthwash with alcohol. Its recommended that diabetic people brush their teeth after every meal as a part of oral hygiene.
  • If possible, use a toothbrush with softer bristles and floss at least two times a day.
  • Use good antiseptic mouthwash for your oral health.
  1. Lung Infections

People who suffer from periodontal disease have more bacteria that breeds in their mouth. They are most likely to inhale germs that can lead to lung infections. All those people who have pre-existing lung issues, a gum infection may make your condition worse. Gum infections can also cause the condition of pneumonia in elderly people.

Elderly people who have dentures should primarily focus on oral hygiene as it may cause many oral health issues or gum infections.

  1. Teeth Grinding and Joint Health

Poor oral hygiene can also trigger the condition of grinding teeth. The tooth grinding habit can cause damage to your enamel and cause increased tooth sensitivity. At times, it may result in broken or chipped teeth. Bruxism is a condition that may affect the joints and jaws of the body. This can eventually lead to joint pains.

If you are suffering from jaw pain or tooth grinding, then you must visit your dentist as soon as possible to avoid health complications later.

  1. Oral Health and Pregnancy

The increase in pregnancy hormones can worsen dental problems in pregnant women. Even many studies suggest that pregnant women with gum diseases are most likely to deliver pre-term or a low-birth-weight child.

Most women may also develop gestational diabetes. Regular check-ups with a dentist are important during the pregnancy term. If a pregnant woman does not take care of oral health, then it may cause the condition of periodontitis. It is a condition that puts babies at risk of being born prematurely.

Babies that are born prematurely face the risk of developing problems like asthma, behaviour difficulties, and ear infections.

Women who are pregnant should take special care of their dental hygiene. They should pay heed to brush and floss followed by regular visits to the dentist. Maintaining good oral hygiene during pregnancy is not only important for the mother but also the unborn child.

  1. Smoking and Cancer

Smoking increases the risk of oral cancer by up to 10 times. Consumption of tobacco products may increase the risk of gum and oral cancer. Also, poor oral hygiene increases the risk of oral cavity cancer, so it is best to avoid smoking.

Further reading: Does Smoking Affect Your Teeth – The Long Term and Short Term Effects of Smoking

  1. Tongue Health and Germs

Bacteria accumulate greatly on the taste buds of the tongue. So, it can cause dental and gum issues. You need to clean your tongue daily with a tongue cleaner so that your tongue remains clean. Also, rinse your mouth with water when you eat something sweet or spicy.

C] How to Improve Your Oral Health?

  • Regular Dental Visit

How many dental visits do you make in a year? Well, if you don’t visit a dentist regularly, then you must start doing it right away. Your dentist will address your dental issues well in advance, and that’ll help you maintain good oral hygiene. Schedule an appointment today!

  • Brush Twice a Day

You must brush your teeth every time you have a sugary drink or snacks. Ideally, brushing twice a day is good for oral hygiene. If possible, you could also carry a portable brush so it would be handy after consuming a sugary snack.

  • Don’t Forget to Floss

Floss at least two times a day and use a mouth rinse or simply rinse your mouth with water after you have something sweet. Flossing helps to remove the plaque that sets in between the teeth. It is always advisable to have snacks that are sugar-free or with less sugar.

  • Avoid Sugary Foods and Drinks

Avoid sugary foods, as they may be a cause of tooth decay. Even sweet soda drinks cause tooth decay or gum infections. Fruits are the safest option if you have a sweet tooth. Fruits don’t coat in your mouth as normal sticky sugar may do. You may also chew sugar-free gum after you eat something sweet. Sugar-free gum helps you to produce additional saliva that then helps to remove the coating of sugar from your teeth.

Further reading: Best and Worst Foods For Your Teeth [Infographic]

  • Drink Plentiful Water

You must drink at least two litres of water to maintain good oral hygiene, as water helps to flush the bad bacteria that sit on your teeth.

  • Quit Smoking and Drinking

Smoking and drinking affect your teeth and increases the bad bacteria in the mouth. This can lead to an acid attack that then causes tooth decay or cavities. If the condition is left untreated, it may cause periodontitis, gum diseases, or worse yet tooth abscess, which could sometimes lead to emergency dental care. Smoking also causes your teeth to turn pale yellow, so quit smoking and drinking.

Wrapping Up,

You need to take care of your teeth and gums like any other part of your body. You need to use the right brush and change it often. Do understand the needs of your oral health and plan accordingly.

Develop a daily routine like brushing your teeth and flossing twice a day. When you develop an oral hygiene routine, it’ll prevent various health-related issues.

You also need to follow an excellent diet plan. Many foods trigger problems in oral health. Avoid sugary foods and sweets and stick to natural food options. Smoking affects your teeth badly if possible quit smoking or limit your smoking. Also, avoid caffeinated drinks.

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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.