Dental & Health FAQs

According to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, your oral health is fundamental to overall health and wellbeing (COAG 2015). Please visit your regular general doctor or local hospital if you are worried about your health and wellbeing.

Frequently Asked Questions about oral care and wellbeing

We’ve put together a list of some of your most commonly asked questions about dental care and oral health in relation to your overall wellbeing, providing links to medical sources for further reading and personal research only.


This page has been created to provide further reading about typical health concerns. We have provided links to documented research published on official sites. The papers and articles have not been written by or endorsed by Dental Excel and we receive no incentive for posting the links.

What is oral health?

The term oral health refers to the condition of an individual’s teeth, gums, muscles and bones of the mouth.

According to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, oral health typically deteriorates over the course of a person’s lifetime.

Read the full report here:

Can poor oral health affect nutrition?

Poor oral health can sometimes lead to food avoidance, which can affect the intake of the nutrients needed for the average person:

Link to a brochure from NSW Health includes simple meal options for those that need to eat only soft, moist foods because of pain in the mouth or trouble eating (read online or download a PDF):

Is gum disease linked to heart disease?

This link contains a downloadable PDF factsheet:

Heart disease and oral health pamphlet:

Periodontal Disease and Systemic Health (2009) Australian dental journal:

Does taking care of my teeth help prevent heart disease?

Article from a cardiologist, Dr Elizabeth Holper:

How does smoking affect my oral health?

Link to NSW government paper, containing information about the effects of smoking on your oral health and the benefits of quitting smoking:

Do I need to pay special attention to my oral health as a diabetic?



What are the common signs of gum disease?

These symptoms are typical of gum disease, but are not limited to – red or bleeding gums, pulling back of the gums from the teeth, bad breath (Gingivitis), loss of taste

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Should I tell my dentist about my heart problem?

According to NSW Health (NSW Government website), you should tell your dentist about any heart condition or problem:

Can poor oral health affect me during pregnancy?

Can regular dental visits help prevent poor oral health?

Link to poster:

Watch a video about rheumatic heart disease:

Dental Recommendations for Preventing Complications in Patients with Chronic Conditions (research paper):

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