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MIND BODY AND WELLBEING with your Cairns Dentist

MIND BODY AND WELLBEING with your Cairns Dentist

Mind, Body, Mouth Connection

Recently Cairns Dental Boutique joined with the Australian Dental Council through Dental Week to raise awareness and promote the campaign on Oral Health. This year the ADA focussed on the mouth, body, and mind and how they are all connected.

There is a growing body of evidence that suggests links between diseases in the mouth to diseases in other parts of the body.

Bacteria in the mouth can travel to different sites of the body and inflammation in the mouth can increase the body’s overall inflammation. In the coming months, our latest series of blogs will be exploring six conditions where the body is linked to the mouth.

  1. Oral Health and Heart Health
  2. Oral Health and Lung Health
  3. Oral Health and Diabetes
  4. Oral Health and Development of Children
  5. Oral Health and Alzheimer’s Disease 
  6. Oral Health and Adverse Pregnancy Outcomes 

Oral Health and Heart Health

A multitude of research suggests that there is a link between disease in the mouth, particularly gum disease, and heart health. The connection between the two is believed to be related to the spread of bacteria and inflammation.

Gum disease also known as Periodontal Disease, is a chronic bacterial infection that affects the gums and tissues supporting the teeth. If left untreated, it can lead to tooth loss. The primary cause of gum disease is the building up of plaque (a sticky film of bacteria that forms on the teeth and gums). When plaque is not adequately removed through regular brushing and flossing, it can harden into tartar and contribute to gum inflammation.

Now let’s see how this plaque and inflammation in the mouth can affect the heart:

1. Bacterial Spread

The bacteria present in the mouth can enter the bloodstream through inflamed gums. Once in the bloodstream, these bacteria can travel to other parts of the body, including the arteries of the heart. This can potentially contribute to the development of atherosclerosis, a condition where there is a build-up of plaque in the arteries and a major risk factor for heart disease.

2. Inflammation

Gum disease triggers an inflammatory response in the body. Chronic inflammation is thought to play a role in the development and progression of atherosclerosis. Inflammatory markers released in response to gum disease may contribute to inflammation in the blood vessels, making them more susceptible to plaque formation in the heart.

3. Shared Risk factors

Gum disease and heart disease share common risk factors such as smoking, poor diet, obesity, and diabetes. These risk factors can increase the likelihood of both conditions occurring simultaneously.

How to prevent/manage both these conditions:

  1. Maintaining good oral hygiene and seeking regular dental care is crucial for preventing gum disease and potentially reducing the risk of heart disease.
  2. Brushing your teeth twice a day, flossing daily, and visiting the dentist regularly for check-ups and cleans are important in maintaining overall oral and heart health.
  3. Maintain a balanced diet and lifestyle.
  4. If you have gum disease, your dentist will recommend specific treatments to control the infection and reduce inflammation.
  5. If you are a smoker – quitting smoking would be the greatest gift you can give to yourself and your loved ones. Contact Quitline 13 78 48 for Help

As your Cairns dentist, we are always here to help! We’d love to hear from you if you need advice on managing your dental care and the impact on your overall health care. Contact us at Cairns Dental Boutique to find out more about our dental services or to arrange an appointment with our friendly team of expert local dentists. We look forward to talking with you soon. 


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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.