LOCALLY owned and independently operated family dental practice Island Dental is now servicing the Eastern Shore.
Dr Girish Sasidharan opened Island Dental in Hobart in 2019 and recently expanded to Sorell, launching a second Island Dental practice at 35-37 Gordon Street.
Opened in May, the new practice is a modern, ground-level clinic with easy access and ample parking.
Passionate about improving access to dental care for everyone, Dr Sasidharan says malnutrition, social isolation and declining general health are some of the serious impacts of not maintaining a healthy mouth.
“Good oral health is fundamental to overall health and wellbeing,” he said.
“Poor dental health will result in both physical and psychological disability. Tooth loss reduces functionality of mouth and can compromise nutrition.
“Poor oral health is also associated with a number of chronic diseases including stroke and cardiovascular disease, diabetes, lung conditions and adverse pregnancy outcomes.”
With more than 60 per cent of Australians aged over 75 suffering from gum disease and more than one in three having complete tooth loss, a shortage of sufficient oral healthcare for older Australians can have serious implications on their health and wellbeing.
That’s why Island Dental also operates a mobile dental unit to serve non-ambulant patients and residents of aged care facilities.
“I have been visiting many aged care homes around southern Tasmania for the last few years to offer dental care for the residents and I have personally seen the effects of bad dental health in some residents,” Dr Sasidharan said.
“Poor oral health increases health care costs, reduces residents’ quality of life through unnecessary pain and suffering, and elevates the risk of malnutrition, aspiration pneumonia, atherosclerosis and premature death.”
Dr Sasidharan has some tips for readers with family members in aged care settings.
“Take your family member to visit their dentist regularly or organise a mobile dental service to visit them in their care facility,” he said.
“Ensure their teeth and dentures get cleaned twice daily with a toothpaste containing fluoride and that their toothbrush is replaced about every three months.
“Alert the care home staff to any specific oral health issues the family member has, such as a dry mouth caused by their medications.
“Limit their sugar intake and try to ensure they drink plenty of water.”