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How Your Dental Health Can Affect Your Lungs

How Your Dental Health Can Affect Your Lungs

Dental Health and your lungs

Tips from Your Cairns Dentist

We continue exploring how keeping a healthy mouth can benefit our whole body. This time, let’s look at how oral health and lung conditions are linked, with guidance from your Cairns Dentist.

How Can Oral Health Cause Lung Problems?

Gum Disease: Severe gum disease, known as periodontal disease, starts with bacteria in our mouth. Unfortunately, these bacteria can enter our bloodstream and travel to our lungs, causing or worsening respiratory infections like pneumonia.

Aspiration Pneumonia: If we have tooth decay, gum disease, or trouble swallowing, we could be at risk of aspiration pneumonia. This happens when food, liquid, saliva, or bacteria from our mouth get inhaled into our lungs, causing an infection.

How Can Lung Problems Affect Oral Health?

Dry Mouth: Some lung conditions and their medications can cause dry mouth. With less saliva to wash away bacteria, we’re more likely to get tooth decay, gum disease, and oral infections.

Medication Side Effects: Medications for lung conditions, like corticosteroids or bronchodilators, can have side effects including oral thrush (a fungal infection), altered taste, or mouth sores.

Fewer Dental Visits: People with severe lung conditions might find it hard to visit the dentist regularly due to physical limitations or breathing difficulties, which can lead to neglected oral health.

Keeping Your Mouth and Lungs Healthy

Here are some simple steps from your Cairns Dentist to maintain good oral health and help protect your lungs:

  • Brush your teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste and floss every day. 
  • Make regular visits to the dentist for check-ups and cleaning. 
  • Drink plenty of water to help keep dry mouth at bay. 
  • If you notice any problems in your mouth or with your lungs, see your doctor and your Cairns Dentist for advice.

Understanding the link between oral health and lung conditions shows how taking care of our mouth is a crucial part of taking care of our whole body. Your Cairns Dentist is here to help you on this journey towards better health. By following simple oral hygiene practices, you’re not only working towards a beautiful smile but also healthier lungs.

If you’d like to find out more or talk to a knowledgeable professional, our friendly team is here to help! Call us on 07 4032 3236, or get in touch through our website, we’d love to hear from you.

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I, Dr. Trinidad Jacial preferably Trini, was born and raised in Santiago, Chile and completed my Bachelor of Dental Surgery with Honours & as dux of my class at Universidad Mayor in 2011.

Following my Bachelor degree, I completed my Postgraduate studies in Doctor of Clinical Dentistry (Prosthodontics) and a Postgraduate Diploma in Cariology and Aesthetic Restorations from Universidad De Los Andes.

Thereafter, I have gained extensive experience in different aspects of dentistry, working in the private and public sectors.

In 2016, I decided to take an extended holiday to Australia and which was once supposed to be a limited-time adventure turned into a permanent move when I fell in love with the people and beauty of Cairns. 

Since then, I have worked hard in transferring my studies and to be able to practice as a registered dentist in Australia, while still working and being active in the dental industry. 

With a wealth of knowledge and passion for what I do, I am commitment to providing exceptional dental care which is matched by my dedication to create a warm and welcoming environment for my patients. I believe listening to and understanding my patients is fundamental, and that education is the key to maintaining good oral health.

Restoring patient’s confidence, with a healthy smile with perfect aesthetics and functionality is one of the most rewarding things for me.

In addition to being a successful dentist, I primarily am a devoted wife and mother of two beautiful girls and a large fur baby. I enjoy dancing to Latin-American music every time I get a chance

When you come to see me, you can expect compassionate treatment with a personalised approach. I very much look forward to meeting you and building a great rapport with my patients.

I grew up in a small town in the middle of Sweden. My parents loved travelling and were always encouraging me to explore the world, which led me to migrate to Australia in 2010.

I am a calm, caring individual, and I have always known that I wanted to work within the healthcare industry. I have a strong passion to help people in overcoming their dental anxieties, whilst providing gentle treatment and working with them towards achieving their goals. One of the best aspects of my job is to see my patients’ happy faces when they realise that they can smile confidently again, giving them improved overall health and wellbeing. I enjoy building trust and a positive rapport with my patients and always look forward to meeting new people.

In 2020, I completed a Bachelor of Dental Surgery at James Cook University, gaining a wide variety of knowledge and experience. I particularly love treating children as well as providing aesthetic treatments that restore your perfect smile, although I do enjoy all aspects of dentistry.

As the newest member of the team at Cairns Dental Boutique I look forward to meeting you and welcoming you into my chair to see how I can assist you with your dental needs.

Hi, I am Dr Puneet Roy Jindal, but please feel free to call me Dr Roy, Dr Jindal or just Roy. Thank you so much for visiting our website and please allow me this opportunity to introduce myself.

I grew up in the beautiful city of Chandigarh, India. My parents are biologists and knew early on that I had the potential to work in the health care industry. Over time, I realised this as well and selected a career in dentistry, a profession that allowed me to work with my hands and focus on attention to detail.

After completing a Bachelor of Dental Surgery and Masters of Public Health from the University of Wollongong, in 2006 I started practicing as a Dental Surgeon in the tropical city of Cairns. My passion with dentistry has continued to drive me to pursue further goals in the profession; I completed my Primary Exams in the Royal Australian College of Dental Surgeons, and then I spent time at Cairns James Cook University teaching and supervising dental students in their final year while also mentoring first-year students.

I’m passionate about dentistry today as I was 12+ years ago when I started my first job. Seeing patients achieve their oral health goals fuels my commitment to the dental profession, and I look forward to many more years of turning dream smiles into a reality.

Today, I call Cairns my home. It’s where my wife, Vandana, and my two boys, Veer and Viyaan, live, work and play. In my free time, I play soccer with the children, cook for my family and get involved with the local cricket team.

On behalf of the professional team at Cairns Dental Boutique, I look forward to helping our patients into the future and welcoming you and your family to our friendly dental clinic.