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Dental Treatments We Offer At Heidelberg Dentist


  • General & Preventative Dentistry


    At Heidelberg Dentist we are big on preventing health issues and therefore like to have patients on a preventive management plan to ensure optimal general health, as well as preventing painful and costly treatment in the future.


    Regular checkups, cleans and x-rays can help detect silent issues and prevent larger problems in the future. Remember, just because you can't feel pain, doesn’t mean everything is perfect! Dental decay can take years before it causes pain, but then can lead to expensive treatment. Detecting it early can lead to manageable pain free treatment.



  • Crowns & Bridges


    Crowns and Bridges can be a great way to strengthen a weak tooth structure, large fillings or replace missing teeth. A dental crown is a tooth-shaped "cap" that is placed over a tooth to cover the tooth to restore its shape and size, strength, and improve its appearance.

    A bridge essentially "bridges the gap" between two teeth if there is one missing in between. A bridge can help restore your smile, balance out your bite when eating or speaking, prevent teeth from drifiting into the space.


  • Orthodontic Braces & Invisalign


    Braces are an effective way to straighten your teeth. Straightening teeth can help with confidence if you are self-conscious to smile or speak to people, help maintain your oral hygiene as teeth are easier to reach, and help balance out your bite when eating and distribute the forces more evenly.

    Here at Heidelberg Dentist we watch with great excitement as our patients’ confidence booms while their smile transforms and they are able to laugh and smile more freely.


  • Root Canals


    A root canal is the treatment of the pulp of the tooth. The pulp contains nerves, tissue and blood vessels and many toothaches are because there is an irritation to this pulp.

    A root canal is essentially the removal and filling of this pulp to stop any further infection. Root canal treatments generally help to remove pain, but have the added advantage of allowing you to still use the tooth as per normal.

    Many patients shudder at the thought of a root canal, mainly because of exaggerated stories in movies or old wives' tales about how painful they are. In actual fact the root canal procedure is what actually removes the initial pain and helps you keep your natural tooth for longer.

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  • Whitening & Cosmetic


    At Heidelberg Dentist we offer a smile makeover to fit any time frame or budget. From whitening, veneers, crowns, orthodontics to a mixture of it all. Whether it’s for a special occasion, or just to boost your self-confidence, speak to one of our dentists if you aren't completely happy with the look of your smile.

    We have a number of different options to suit your goals & the specific budgets of our patients

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  • Tooth Extractions


    There are times where a tooth cannot be saved, or the best outcome will be to remove it. If an extraction is indicated, then we will do the best to make it as pleasant as possible here at Heidelberg dentist. All our extractions are done under local anesthetics, so the procedure shouldn’t be painful. If you prefer to have general anesthetic, please let our dentists know so we can organize it for you.


  • Gum Care & Management


    Keeping your gums clean are just as important as keeping your teeth clean. Your gums hold your teeth in place, and therefore if they aren’t maintained your teeth can start to move, get decay from the bacteria buildup, infections or need to be taken out. We try and keep all our patients on an active management plan which is customized to your needs.

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  • Emergency Dentistry


    Emergencies will happen, but here at Heidelberg Dentist we can help minimize the discomfort in a swiftly manner. If you are suffering from pain, broken teeth, swellings, don’t leave it too long and call us for an appointment.

    We have flexible appointment times that include late-nights on certain days and Saturday appointments too.

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  • Dental Fillings


    With our teeth being exposed to the environment from food, drinks, bacteria there will be times that they are not as strong (as it is with many of our bones). We can offer a variety of options to help restore broken teeth, weak teeth, decayed teeth or even if it’s to improve their appearance.

    Our treatments differ based on each patient's specific needs & we have special treatments for children too.




What To Do If...

First time visiting a dentist? We've got some helpful tips to make your experience better

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A little anxious? We're experts at making our patients feel comfortable and confident

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Have a school-aged child? Find out if they're elegible for CDBS: $1000 of treatment

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Pregnant? Congrats! Prepare yourself and get some handy tips before your appointment

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Add a "WOW" factor to your teeth for the big day!


Our wedding & special events dental treatments can have your smile glowing bright & looking like tip top. Talk to our friendly dentists today about your goals




We Are Trusted Dentists On Rosanna Road, Heidelberg

We are your local and friendly dentists in Heidelberg. We are located close to Warringal Shopping Centre and opposite Heidelberg Primary School on Rosanna Road.

This is a very convenient location for anyone who lives in Heidelberg, Rosanna, Viewbank, Lower Plenty and surrounding areas.

Our address:
34 Rosanna Road
Heidelberg
Victoria 3084

Phone: (03) 9459 6300

Parking: We have lots of parking at the rear of the clinic. Simply drive in and find an empty spot.


If you live in any of the following suburbs you will have to travel 3km or less to reach us:

Heidelberg, Heidelberg Heights, Heidelberg West, Viewbank, Eaglemont, Rosanna, Macleod, Bellfield, Fairfield, Alphington, Ivanhoe, Ivanhoe East, Yallambie, Templestowe, Templestowe Lower, Bulleen, Lower Plenty, Montmorency, Greensborough, Preston, Reservoir and Watsonia.

Request A Call-Back Or Ask A Question

Call us: (03) 9459 6300

You can also use our convenient online booking system to quickly book an appointment now:

Your Friendly & Caring Heidelberg Dentist


At Heidelberg Dentist, you are our top and utmost priority. We understand that you are unique and that your goals, concerns and aspirations are important and so we strive to provide individualised care that is best for you.

Our trusted Heidelberg Dentist team is not only highly skilled, but also very approachable. Our dentists, hygienists and nurses combine years of experience with the latest research, equipment and dental treatment techniques to keep your dental health in great condition.

Our goal is to always treat you with the utmost respect and provide you the highest standards of care. All this, in a friendly and relaxed environment. Caring for you and your family with a smile is our promise to you.

Or you can book an appointment by calling us on (03) 9459 6300 during business hours

22 August 2018

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What is a sleep study & other FAQs that Melbourne asks about sleep studies

What is a sleep study?

A sleep study is essentially a recording while you sleep to measure your snoring, your efficiency in breathing, what stage of sleep you are in, your heart rate etc to see if you are sleeping effectively.
How do you do a sleep study?
A sleep study can be done overnight at a hospital, or you can take home a smaller unit and do one in your own home. 
A hospital based sleep study will have a nurse connect and monitor you all night
For a home based sleep study you will be shown how to connect it.

Why do I need a sleep study?
If you feel you are not sleeping properly over a long period of time and not sure why, or if you GP/Specialist or Dentist feels there is some abnormal activity happening in your sleep, they may ask you to have a sleep study?
 It’s a good idea to get a sleep study if you have one or more of the following
1. Consistently poor sleep
2. Difficulty waking up even after 7-8 hours of sleep
3. Difficulty falling asleep (more than 10-15 minutes)
4. Snoring
5. gasping for air when you sleep
6. Partner complaining snoring is too loud
7. Day time sleepiness
8. High BMI
9. High Blood Pressure
10. Clenching or grinding your teeth at night
11. Large neck size
For male, is your shirt collar 17 inches or larger?
For female, is your shirt collar 15 inches or larger?
12. Male over 40
13. Difficulty breathing on your back when you sleep

Does all snoring lead to sleep apnea?
All children that snore, should definitely be checked
Adults is doesn’t necessarily mean that you have sleep apnea, but if there are any other symptoms, then it should be ruled out.


What does a dentist have to do with sleep?

A lot of the time, there are signs in the mouth which link sleep disordered breathing or sleep apnea to your oral health.
For example, breaking otherwise healthy teeth, wearing away of teeth, severe teeth grinding, crooked teeth (and many more)

Especially if there is a long term treatment being planned, its great to see if there are other factors which can contribute to the outcome of the work (ie: best material for the filling, how longi t will last, better outcomes for straightening teeth).


How much does it cost?

At Heidelberg Dentist we loan out our own sleep study unit which is part of the consultation cost.

This includes the sleep study unit + disposable parts, a report and consult with the Dentist.

A hospital based study cost will be depend on your hospital cover.

What happens if I have Sleep Apnea?
There are different severities of sleep apnea, Mild, Moderate, Severe and all have different treatment.  A treatment plan is customised based on your results, and can include needing to see other practicitioners (GP, Ear Nose and Throat Surgeon, Dietician).


I don’t want to be wearing a mouthguard or a machine for the rest of my life!
We hear you! We don’t want you to either.  At Heidelberg Dentist, we aren’t just going to forget about you once you have been given treatment options.  We aim to help you reduce your severity of sleep apnea and improve your sleep.  This means follow up appointments, and changes to your treatment plan.

What are the benefits of treating Sleep Apnea?
Oh there are so many!
1. Better sleep
2. A spouse that sleeps better because of reduction of snoring.
3. More productive during the day and less day time sleepiness
4. Dental treatment that can last longer
5. Adding up to 10-15 years to your life (for severe sleep apnea)
6. Better quality of life
7. Breathing better
8. Better overall health


What if I grind or clench my teeth?
Our sleep study units also measure this and see if your clenching or grinding is related to anxiety/stress or an airway problem.  In addition to the sleep study results, you will also have a report on your muscle clenching or grinding habits at night. At Heidelberg Dentist, we can then appropriately treat you accordingly.

What about children?
Sleep studies for children need to be done at a hospital, however our dentists can help detect and refer if they think their may be a problem.



Visit our sleep apnoea help page to understand whether you too might suffer from sleep apnoea. If you prefer to consult our dentists straight away, you can book an appointment by calling us on (03) 9459 6300 or by booking an appointment securely online now:

Or you can book an appointment by calling us on (03) 9459 6300 during business hours
Publisher: Heidelberg Dentist
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How to live up to 10 years longer by fixing your sleep


Tired of being Tired? 

Often we make excuses for poor sleep, stress, too busy, kids. All of this can definitely be a factor, but there is something we can do about it. We just need to find out why you or your children are not sleeping properly. Poor sleep in the long run can lead to poor health, when we sleep it allows our body to rejuvenate, and if that’s not happening properly it more likely that not only are we tired all the time but can lead to weight gain (or harder to lose weight), getting sick more easily (or taking longer to recover), increase risk of high blood pressure, stroke or heart attacks.

Sleep apnea can have the same damage on your health as smoking every day! Solving your sleep issues will not only make you happier but also healthier and can add up to 10 years to your life! What is 10 extra years worth to you?

Signs to look out for (adults): 

  • Snoring 
  • Waking up tired (even after a full nights sleep)
  • Consistently finding it difficult to fall asleep after 15-20 mins
  • Waking up with a headache or neck pain
  • Difficulty losing weight
  • High blood pressure
  • Getting tired during the day
  • Mouth breathing
  • Gasping for air when sleeping or choking
  • Getting tired while being a passenger in the car for over an hour
  • Falling sleep while watching TV
  • Needing to wake up at night to use the bathroom

Kids Sleeping problems in children tends to disturb the parents more than the kids! Ultimately children with poor sleep lead to parents with poor sleep. At times parents may not realise their kids aren’t sleeping to their full potential.

Signs to look out for (kids): 


  • Breathing with their mouth open
  • Reoccoring ear infections 
  • Reoccurring colds
  • Hyperactiveness 
  • Fussy eaters 
  • Moving around a lot when sleeping 
  • Arched neck when sleeping 
  • Grinding their teeth in their sleep
  • Snoring or heavy breathing 
  • Waking up during the night 
  • Bedwetting 


 How does the Dentist help? 

The amount of times patients think I’m psychic when I ask if they have been having poor sleep between appointments! Often we can see the signs of poor sleep on your teeth (signs of grinding, fracture marks, teeth constantly breaking, signs of large tonsils, narrow airways, tongue shape) Some dental treatment can fail because of habits during your sleep (clenching or grinding teeth).
On many occasions we have been able to spot the early signs of sleep apnea first due to what we see in your mouth.
We may not be able to treat all cases, but we can definitely help you get the help you need.
Book in for a consultation and let us help you sleep and live longer.


Publisher: Heidelberg Dentist
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8 lifestyle tips to help teenagers sleep better & crush it

Research suggests that teenagers need at least 9 hours of sleep during the night in order to function the best during the day. It is sometimes hard for them to get this amount of sleep every day due to school hours, after school activities, homework and for some, even work schedules. It is very common for them to be sleep deprived and they try to catch on sleep during the weekend. Even though we often think of sleep schedules being for younger children, it is just as important for teenagers to have a sleep schedule, and good sleep habits. Sleep deprivation has very similar properties to depression, and can lead to many health issues as explained here.

SCREEN TIME


EXERCISE

Regular daily activity (even easy walks) can help with the sleeping schedule. It is only important to avoid exercising 2-3 hours before bedtime because it can disrupt the sleep. It takes the body several hours to cool down and get ready to rest.

CAFFEINE

Limit the caffeine intake, especially in the late afternoon and evenings. Caffeine is a stimulant and will keep you awake. This applies to all the drinks/ food that contain caffeine - coffee, tea, some sodas, chocolate etc.

SLEEPING ENVIRONMENT

Sleeping environment can have a lot of impact on the overall quality of sleep. It is suggested to have teenagers avoid watching TV, be on the computers or phones right before the bedtime. The light from the screens will cause alertness and it will take more time to fall asleep afterwards. Bedroom should be the most comfortable room to relax. Make sure it is dark enough, quiet and cool. These are the best conditions to easily fall asleep. It would be the best to maintain the regular sleep schedule and keeping the distractions to the minimum before the bedtime.

LAVENDER

Lavender helps release melatonin (the sleep hormone). Spray a little bit on your pillow, have it in a humidifier or have it in a bath just before bed,

HOT BATH

A hot bath is relaxing, and allows the body to wind down. Lavender oil or Epsom salts, or magnesium can also help alleviate aches pains and release melatonin (the sleep hormone)

DIM LIGHTS

Bright lights can often release serotonin as it mimics sunlight and can wake you up. Often if you're in the bathroom just before you go to bed, the harsh bathroom lights can affect your ability to go to sleep quickly.

NAPS

Napping is good for rejuvenating after a long day. However, naps should not be longer than 20-30 minutes in the afternoon. Everything longer can disrupt the regular sleep schedule and make it harder to fall asleep at night.


If you feel like your teenage child may need some expert help to improve their sleep, make an appointment with one of our approachable and caring dentists:
Alternatively, book an appointment by calling us on (03) 9459 6300 during business hours
Publisher: Heidelberg Dentist

21 August 2018

How to make teething rusks at home for your baby

Teething is never an easy road for the baby and the parents. At times we may feel very helpless as our babies go through the awful process. They are so young to comprehend that it really hurts. However It’s a very natural process that babies need to endure and get through. As parents, we can actually do something to help make teething easier.

What are rusks?

A rusk is a hard baked bread or biscuit which is used as a teething food for babies. They’re created so babies can bite & chew down without even cracking the rusk. This is one great substitute for teething rings because the ingredients are basically organic and natural in the forms of milk, wheat, and it contains no added sugar. They taste great which makes a great snack for toddlers too!

What age can you give a baby a rusk?

It’s best to give rusks when you have started solids and your baby can grasp objects properly. Even though its unlikely that they will be able to break through the rusk, its vital that the baby is being watched for signs of choking or if the rusk breaks.

Are rusks safe?

Yes, as long as the baby is being watched, and normal safety precautions are taking place.

Easy Homemade Rusk Recipe

By: Dr Ayesha Tiwary
Ingredients:
125g Rice (any type)
Banana or other fruit purees (depending on your preference)

Method:
1. Preheat oven to 180C and line a baking tray with baking paper.
2. Place 125g rice (Any type) into a blender.
3. Blend 30secs stopping every 10 secs to push grains from the top of the lid back into the bowl.
4. Repeat Step 3 until rice grains are a fine powder.
5. Break Banana into pieces and add to the blender and mix 10 secs (I have tried this with other fruit purees instead of banana, and all have worked well)
6. Transfer mixture to a separate bowl.
7. Form mixture into 8 - 10 8-cm long log shapes and place on baking tray.
8. Bake in the oven for 30 minutes or until golden brown and cooked through.

Allow to cool completely before giving to your little one to enjoy (or place them in the freezer they last longer and the cold rusk can be soothing on the gums as well)
Make your own easy homemade baby rusk, and let us know if your baby loves it. Enjoy!
Publisher: Heidelberg Dentist
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How you can help your teething baby

So this is the first time I’m dealing with a teething baby in a non-professional way (except for my own which I don’t remember, thank God!) Teething is never an easy road for the baby or the parents. At times we may feel very helpless as our babies go through the awful process as well as being extra sleep deprived.

When does teething usually begin?

Teething can begin at any age (some babies are even born with teeth!) However it typically begins around 4 months, with the tooth cutting through around 6months. Girls generally get their teeth a little earlier than boys, however every baby is different. Usually the lower incisors (or 2 mid-front teeth) pops out with the molars erupts last. This could take up to 2 years, but don’t worry our babies won’t be teething the whole entire time!
The above image is just a guide, don't worry if your baby isn't exactly following these times.

What do you expect during teething?

While every baby differs during the teething process you can expect a few fussy nights, especially as the teeth are cutting through. It’s important to try a couple different soothing options because each will work better for different babies. Ultimately, a little trial and error will go a long way but don’t be overly concerned if you can’t completely soothe them. Their teeth are erupting after all and some pain should be expected. On the other hand, if discomfort seems excessive or goes on for a week or more, make an appointment with your doctor as it could be something else. Every baby’s teething experience usually differs. There will be nights that the baby is squeamish, and there are some that develops low grade fever. But, there’s a lot of misconceptions on fever being associated with the teething process per se. Yes, your baby is cranky and may even have a mild fever. But if the temp. is above 38 degrees it is likely because of an infection, not teething.

What are the signs my baby is teething?

Some common symptoms your baby is teething include:
1. Baby is very irritable!
2. Puts everything to their mouth
3. Slightly puffy gums
4. So much drooling going on!
5. Biting into anything
6. No appetite
7. Rubs face most of the time.
8. Ear pulling (This is actually very clever, as they are trying to alleviate some of their pain.)
9. Flush cheeks

What can I do to help ease my baby’s pain?

Here are a few things that I have done to help soothe my son’s pain (and therefore mine!)
 - The almighty Bonjella and gum massage, this usually gives him instant relief
  - Chewing on a cold washcloth (sometimes I put in on my shoulder so he gets cuddles and gets to       chew at the same time)
- Homemade rusks (See my recipe here)
 - Homemade teething rings (see some ideas here)
 - Panadol (sometimes this is what helps us all sleep)
- Breast milk/formula ice cubes or in a mesh pacifier
 Just explore on what works better. Basically, a little experiment goes a long way!
If you're still worried about your baby or toddlers teeth then give us a call. Your child may also be eligible for $1000 of free dental treatment under the CDBS, let us help you find out. Visit our CBDS help page to understand more about the eligibility rules and also to help us help you find out if your little ones are eligible for free dental treatment or call us on (03) 9459 6300 or make an appointment online:

Publisher: Heidelberg Dentist

7 July 2018

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9 Big Life Issues Caused By Poor Sleep & How You Can Fix Your Sleep


Sleep is a fact of life that most of us Australians take for granted. Our ignorance of just how sleep can affect every facet of our lives causes us to neglect our sleep at the altar of our work, social life, priorities, and ultimately, our long-term health.

Poor sleep can have many effects - bad mood, fatigue, lack of focus, not working effectively, constantly feeling sleepy, poor libido and so many more health and social issues. Long-term sleep deprivation can have major consequences on your overall health. Research has shown that poor sleep is linked to obesity, diabetes and heart disease (among other conditions). A solid night's sleep is essential for a healthy life.

What are the big health issues caused by poor sleep?

Poor sleeping patterns over a prolonged period of time can result in many serious health issues. Here are 9 of them:
  • Brain fog - this will make it hard for you to concentrate even on simple tasks
  • Falling asleep during the day - it can be dangerous if operating machines or driving
  • Feeling drowsy - it is very important to stress this effect on you, especially if driving
  • Diminished cognitive ability - sleep plays a very important role in thinking and learning. With the lack of sleep, these functions can be altered
  • Lower libido - lack of sleep affects libido due to lack of energy, tension and sleepiness
  • Depression - depression "feeds" off of lack of sleep. It can even aggrevate sympotoms of depression
  • Early ageing - lack of sleep can age your skin (dark circles, saggy skin and fine lines). This is caused by the hormone cortisol (stress hormone) which is released when there is a sleep deprivation. Cortisol breaks down collagen (protein which makes skin elastic and smooth)
  • Effects on cardiovascular system - sleep affects processes which keep heart and blood vessels healthy. It also affects body's ability to heal and repair these organs
  • Hallucinations - in sever cases of insomnia, hallucinations can occur (seeing things that are not there)

What can you do to improve your poor sleep patterns?

Fixing your sleep patterns can be hard to do for many of us. Your current sleep patterns are the result of many, many years of your brain and body being conditioned to react and adapt in a certain way. You need your brain and your body to unlearn many of these habits in order to develop new, healthy patterns that will benefit your long-term health. Although this can be a difficult process, it is not impossible and if you value your longevity and quality of life, the fruits of trying and succeeding may just be worth the trouble.

Try these 3 powerful techniques to fix your sleep patterns and improve your long-term health:
  • Maximise sleep drive - it is low in the morning and it increases during the day. It is easiest to fall asleep when your sleep drive is high (when you feel the most sleepy). Go to bed only when sleepy. Have in mind that naps during the days will affect your bed time hours at night. It is helpful to stick with the same "waking up" and "going to sleep" patterns every day (even on the weekends), to help keep the consistency.
  • Exercise - physical activity and exercise can help improve the sleep patterns.
  • Minimise disruptions - minimise any type of internal or external disruptions in the evenings. Try to reduce the time with the TV, computer, phone etc. External stimuli will disrupt the processes which affect the sleep patterns. Avoid caffeinated drinks, nicotine and alcohol before bedtime since these will affect the sleep pattern since they act as stimulants.
  • Calm your mind - try to relax before going to bed. Relaxing background music and feeling "cosy" will help de-stress from the day. Turn your thoughts to relaxing things and introduce meditation into your regular schedule.
If you have tried many of these techniques to fix your sleep patterns or if you believe these techniques have not worked for you before, talk to our caring dentists about other options that may be more suitable to your exact situation by calling us on (03) 9459 6300. Visit our sleep apnoea help page to understand whether you too might suffer from sleep apnoea. If you prefer to consult our dentists straight away, you can book an appointment by calling us on (03) 9459 6300 or by booking an appointment online now:

Or you can book an appointment by calling us on (03) 9459 6300 during business hours
Publisher: Heidelberg Dentist

14 March 2018

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CDBS: $1000 Dental Treatment For Children Still Available


We all know that funding for dental health in Australia leaves a lot to be desired. Successive governments have turned a blind eye to the effect our dental health has on our overall health and conveniently left the majority funding of dental treatments to private health insurers. However, the Child Dental Benefits Scheme (CDBS) is a pleasant departure from the government's usual ambivalence. Not least because it entitles your child free dental treatment up to $1000!

The Australian Dental Association has previously warned that "Australia is one of the top 10 countries for high levels of per capita consumption of soft drink.” We concur, because we keep noticing that Heidelberg Dentist's young patients' love of sugary food and drinks shows no signs of reducing.

While it is not news that excess sugar in a child's diet poses many risks to his or her dental health, it is important to understand that the CDBS's $1000 in free dental treatment can go a long way towards helping at-risk children. Treatments that such children might undergo are typically covered under the CDBS program.

Use it or lose it

Unfortunately, the CDBS does seem to be a case of "use it or lose it." With recent and current federal governments increasingly looking to cut health spending, there is no way of knowing just when they will decide to axe the CDBS again.

Don't wait for our unpredictable politicians to tell us that they will again be cutting the CDBS. These decisions are usually announced during the middle of the year on or before budget night, or at the end of the year, close to Christmas. Remember, it never pays to play chicken with politicians!

If you don't know whether your child is eligible for $1000 of free dental treatment under the CDBS, let us help you find out. Visit our CBDS help page to understand more about the eligibility rules and also to help us help you find out if your little ones are eligible for free dental treatment or call us on (03) 9459 6300 or make an appointment online:

Or you can book an appointment by calling us on (03) 9459 6300 during business hours
Publisher: Heidelberg Dentist

23 January 2018

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Simple TMJ exercises for everyday pain relief

What is TMJ?

Apart from being a tongue twister, the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is in front of the ear where the skull and lower jaw (mandible) meet. It essentially connects your jaw to your skull and you use it more often than you might realise as you go about your daily life.

Why does my TMJ hurt?

Most TMJ pain stems from injury or damage to the TMJ. This damage could have come from a number of different factors. Commonly we see our patients tell us about their TMJ pain emanating from a few specific events and lifestyle issues, including:
  • Impact where you run into something or a foreign item hits you in the face
  • General wear and tear
  • Misalignment of the teeth or jaw
  • Teeth grinding or gum chewing
  • Poor posture
  • Stress
  • Arthritis

How do I know if I have TMJ syndrome?

TMJ dysfunction is hard to diagnose through the internet, but you may be suffering from it if you can identify with any of the following symptoms:
  • Pain in the area of the TMJ or jaw joint
  • Clicking or stiff jaws
  • Consistent and recurring earaches
  • Jaw locking
  • Headaches or localised pain in your temples
  • Ears popping

What can I do if I have TMJ pain?

Thankfully, TMJ pain is one of those things that can ease with the right treatment and exercises. in this video one of our nurses, Elena, will take you through some specific TMJ exercises that you can do right now to ease your TMJ pain:



You should experience some immediate relief after doing these exercises on a regular basis. If your pain persists or you would like to understand what your other treatment options could be then our friendly and caring team will be able to help you. Call us on (03) 9459 6300 or you can even book online straight away by clicking on the button below:

Publisher: Ayush Trivedi