Absolute Dental Care

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs): Preventive Dentistry

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At Absolute Dental Care, we welcome your questions and invite you to contact us at any time with queries regarding our services, your health fund benefits or what to expect at your next appointment. 

You will find some of our most commonly asked questions here on this page, but if yours is not listed, you can use our handy email form or simply ring us on (07) 3870 1300.

Preventive Dentistry

If you wake up each morning and experience jaw pain, facial tension, headaches or teeth sensitivity, you may have a condition called bruxism. Bruxism is a chronic teeth grinding habit that most often occurs during sleep. You may not even realise that you grind your teeth. Some signs include:

  • Chipped or worn teeth
  • Short or small-looking teeth
  • Bite marks along the inside of the cheeks
  • Bony growths beneath the tongue
  • Sore or fatigued muscles
  • Large, boxy jaw muscles
  • Ringing in the ears

Teeth grinding can feel painful, but it can also cause damage to your teeth and jaw joints when left untreated. Cracked teeth, popping jaw joints and headaches are some of the chief complaints from patients living with bruxism.

In many cases, treatment begins with a nightguard, which places a barrier between the upper and lower teeth, preventing cracked teeth and fractures. Adjusting lifestyle habits, like avoiding alcohol, tobacco and using relaxation techniques can also help.

If you have jaw pain, you may have a condition called temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMD or TMJ). We welcome you to contact our Taringa dental clinic and book an appointment with Dr Paul Rollason for a solution to teeth grinding.

As many as 70 per cent of Australians have some level of gum disease. Periodontal (gum) disease is an infection, and if left untreated, it can lead to tooth loss. It begins when the bacteria in plaque causes gums to become inflamed. Studies have found that infections in the mouth can play havoc elsewhere in the body. 

  • Heart disease
  • Stroke
  • Low birthweight babies
  • Alzheimer's disease
  • Respiratory illness
  • Certain types of cancer
  • Complications with diabetes

That is why it is important to regularly visit your dentist. Unless you have periodontal disease or other oral health complications, twice-yearly visits are usually adequate to keep your oral health in check. At each check-up and clean, Dr Paul Rollason or your hygienist will perform a periodontal evaluation to measure the pockets that develop between the teeth and gums. When pocketing occurs, bacteria collect, irritate the gums and cause inflammation and bleeding. Other signs of periodontal disease include:

  • Bad breath
  • Sensitive teeth
  • Gum recession
  • Tooth mobility

The best way to avoid developing periodontal disease is to brush twice daily, floss teeth and maintain your regular dental check-up and clean appointments. Even with diligent home care, tartar will still collect and must be removed in the clinic by our gentle and skilled dental hygienist.

If it is time for your next dental clean, contact our Taringa dental clinic to arrange a booking.


At Absolute Dental Care, your safety and excellent health are our highest priorities. We are an Accredited Dental Practice through the National Safety and Quality Health Services Standards. 

We use heat and pressure sterilisation of our instruments in our autoclave machine after utilising an ultrasonic cleaner using a cassette system that reduces the handling of instruments. Each packet of instruments is marked with the date and a heat-sensitive seal that changes colour when the proper temperature is reached to eliminate pathogens and bacteria.

Each set of our instruments is logged and tracked in our system, and we perform regular maintenance on all of our safety equipment to keep it running optimally.

Our treatment rooms are sterilised after each patient using either the barrier method or proper disinfectants. If you ever want to see our sterilisation process, we are proud to show off our hard work. We are happy to provide a clinic tour for those patients who have concerns about their health and are interested in how we prevent the spread of infectious diseases.

If you are looking for a family dentist who puts your health and safety above all else, contact us to arrange an appointment with Dr Paul Rollason at our Taringa dental clinic. 

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