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About Dental Health Week

From the 5th to 11th of August, the Australian Dental Association (ADA) will run its annual event called Dental Health Week. The aim here is educating and spreading awareness to the Australian public on good oral health, why it’s important and how to maintain it on a consistent basis. Your own oral health has a small part in your overall health and well being, so that is all the more reason for us to be passionate about our dental services.

This year, ADA has come up with the tagline “How’s Your Oral Health Tracking?” It’s pretty self-explanatory, right? Well, what’s really impressive is how they’re upping the ante in educating people this time. Now everybody, including you, can refer to this Oral Health Tracker document to understand the target goals related to Australians’ oral health improvement for the coming years.

This Oral Health Tracker was made by ADA in conjunction with the Australian Health Policy Collaboration (AHPC) as well as other leading oral health experts in Australia. It’s especially useful for showing the correlation between poor oral health and certain chronic diseases such as diabetes, other conditions plus their risk factors.

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Evaluate Your Oral Health Practices

So in line with this year’s Dental Health Week, take a moment to reflect and ask yourself the following questions (be honest – you owe that to yourself):

 

1. “How often do I brush my teeth?”

If your answer here is once a day, here’s the reality. You’re not alone on this by a longshot. It’s been reported that 50% of Australians only brush one time every day on average.

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Still, it’s worth noting that most people brush right before going to bed, which is also the most important time to do so as that’s when your mouth is most vulnerable to bacteria growth. But on the other hand, why risk the burden of cavities when you only need around two minutes after lunch to brush your teeth?

The golden rule is brushing twice a day with a toothpaste containing fluoride. Also, it matters to brush with circular strokes and without applying too much pressure. Brushing more aggressively or intensely can strip off the actual structure of your tooth and part of your gums. Then toothaches can occur as a result.

 

2. “Do I make time to floss every day?”

Sure. It may be an annoyance for you to floss. That appears to be the case for a good number of Australians, as almost 40% have revealed that they never floss or clean in between their teeth.

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But making an effort to floss is just like taking vitamin C or getting a flu shot at the start of winter. Prevention is better than cure. The slight inconvenience you experience is surely worth being able to avoid worse situations down the road. Especially something known as gum disease.

If you want to minimise your chances of getting gingivitis or periodontitis, rely on flossing daily to keep plaque from building up on your teeth. Use either normal dental floss or try an interdental brush instead.

 

3. “When have I last seen my dentist?”

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Perhaps the most surprising statistic is this: 65% of Australians have NOT made an appointment with a dentist in the past two years. Are you one of them? If yes, or if the last time you saw your dentist was over six months ago, please see them as soon as possible.

Your dentist is the only person qualified to look closely at your mouth and teeth and determine the current state of your oral health. Your dentist will know whether part of your teeth needs urgent attention, or whether you’ve been doing what you’re supposed to be doing, or brushing and flossing the way you’re supposed to.

Life without great oral health can be pretty tough. So place full trust in your dentist and schedule a dental check-up at least two times a year.

 


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With the highest rate of summer flu in Australia in a long time, the need to avoid the flu this winter is more crucial than ever. Flu is often overcome after a few days of bed rest, hot soup and a large dose of fresh orange juice for that Vitamin C hit. However, for the elderly or those with a weakened immune system, the flu can leave a nasty effect. Hospitalisation with flu can be a common occurrence for those over the age of 65, with a fear of it progressing to pneumonia.

With this in mind, our Crabourne doctors have come up with some ways to avoid the flu this winter and some tips on when to know if you should visit a doctor.

Symptoms of the Flu vs. Symptoms of a Cold

The symptoms of the flu and a cold are often confused, with some even believing that they are the same thing. It is important to note whether you have the flu, as this requires seeing a doctor in order to minimise the duration of your symptoms, however, a cold does not.

Synonymous symptoms of the flu and a cold include:

  • Runny nose
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion
  • Flem

Additional flu symptoms include:

  • Fever / Chills
  • Fatigue
  • Aches in the body
  • Headache
  • Chest discomfort
  • Discoloured mucus
  • Shortness of breath

How to avoid the spread of flu this winter

  • Get the flu vaccination

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When discussing flu, this is no secret. The flu vaccination is extremely effective and will increase your likelihood of developing full immunity to the flu this winter.

At our bulk billing doctors in Cranbourne all consultation appointments & flu vaccine are free of charge. 

  • Thoroughly wash hands

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The flu is highly contagious and so good hygiene habits are extremely important, in order to reduce the risk of spreading. Our hands carry more bacteria than anywhere else on the body, making regular hand washing high on the priority list to avoid the flu this winter. It is recommended to lather soap in your hands for 15-20 seconds, making sure to rub in between all fingers and over all nails too.

According to the Australian Government, you should always wash your hands after:

  • You have been to the toilet
  • Coughing / sneezing / blowing your nose
  • Being in contact with someone who has a cold or the flu
  • Shaking someone’s hand
  • Before touching your eyes, nose or mouth
  • Before preparing food and eating

Carrying hand sanitiser is a good way to ensure your hands are clean at all times, without the need of water.

  • Look after your body

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Looking after your body and boosting your immune system plays a crucial part in avoiding the flu this winter. Eating well, with an array of different protein-rich foods and ‘five-a-day’ fruit and veggies, in addition to staying well hydrated, implementing a good sleep pattern and taking part in regular exercise, all contribute to a healthy immune system, weakening the likelihood of catching the flu.

  • Cover your mouth and nose when coughing / sneezing

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Due to the high level of contagiousness that the flu embodies, the virus is often expelled into the air after coughing or sneezing. This makes covering your face as your sneeze or cough extremely important when suffering from the flu, as it restricts the spreading of the virus.

Going back to the point made before about hands, try to avoid sneezing or coughing into your hands as this introduces a new risk of spreading. Instead, try to use your elbow instead of your hands to prevent the diffusion of germs and always remember to dispose of used tissues immediately.

  • Steer clear of those who are sick

The infectious manner of the flu means that you are able to catch it, simply just by being near someone who has it. As it’s hard to establish the differences between the flu and a cold, it’s recommended to just keep your distance from anyone who is unwell to protect yourself from catching it. With that being said, that means sharing food or drink with someone who is sick is a no-go too.

In addition to this, it is recommended to also clean frequently touched surfaces including door knobs, laptops and phones, just to ensure no bacteria is lingering.

  • Know the symptoms of flu

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Knowing the symptoms of flu means that you know exactly what you have and how to treat it (a lot of fluid and rest being the main contender). You will also know that you need to see a doctor immediately, and with our specialist and professional doctors at Cranbourne Medical Centre, nothing could be easier.

 

Need more medical assistance? Make sure to book an appointment at Cranbourne Doctors or give us a call on (03) 5995 1000.

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Having a regular skin check in Australia is like communicating with distant relatives at that annual, inescapable, family gathering. It’s timely, not particularly interesting, but it absolutely must be done.

It’s no secret that the Australian sun is incredibly strong, and can have a detrimental effect on your skin. Having a regular skin check in Australia is the one way you can make an effort to remain in control of your skin.

Although wearing a hat, well-covered clothing and sunscreen are great ways to protect your skin from the sun, it is still extremely important to get a regular medical skin check in Australia. Often in hot weather, these precautions are not always readily available, and it only takes a short window for the sun to penetrate the skin.

What will a regular skin check in Australia avoid?

According to Cancer Council, Australia’s leading cancer charity, every year in Australia:

  • Skin cancers account for around 80% of all newly diagnosed cancers
  • The majority of skin cancers are caused by exposure to the sun
  • GPs have over 1 million patient consultations per year for skin cancer
  • The incidence of skin cancer is one of the highest in the world, two to three times the rates in Canada, the US and the UK

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Our medical skin specialists and GPs in Cranbourne, recommend visiting once or twice a year for a medical skin check in Australia. This time frame usually means that any present melanomas can be detected at a early stage, having a 90% chance of curing, if treated directly.

Our Cranbourne Doctors use a variety of tools and techniques to thoroughly examine the skin, all of which go beyond what the naked eye can see. Making it a necessity that, in addition to self-checking, you have a professional skin check in Australia a minimum of once a year.

The hole in the ozone layer can increase the need of a skin check in Australia?

The ozone hole is commonly believed to be the reason that Australian and New Zealand skin cancer rates appear to be through the roof. However, the Montreal Protocol has proven successful in facilitating ozone repair, and has since found no considerable difference to skin cancer rates in Australia and New Zealand.

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Through migration, Australia and New Zealand have been populated by people with fair skin and with ancestors who come from climates less-exposed to the sun. Skin cancer often forms when the DNA in the skin is damaged, often from a lack of protective pigmentation in the skin when exposed to the sun. Protective pigmentation is commonly scarce in fair skin, often making it more of a problem for people with Scandinavian, Canadian, American or UK backgrounds.

This makes it increasingly important to receive a regular skin check in Australia, and with our bulk billing doctors in Cranbourne, you can receive this treatment free of charge.

Need more medical assistance? Make sure to book an appointment at Cranbourne Doctors or give us a call on (03) 5995 1000.

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On many occasions, people are often told the reasons for toothache is due to cavities which can be a daunting reality for people. Toothaches can sometimes begin very suddenly. They can also cause pain and discomfort that can be mild or severe which may also affect your head, jaw and ear.

However, our professional Cranbourne dentists understand there are other reasons causing pain to come from your pearly whites. To pinpoint the problem and avoid unnecessary stress we have provided several reasons you may be experiencing dental discomfort.

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Reasons for Toothache Include:

1. Sensitive Teeth:

Sometimes you might have pain from your teeth when your teeth are exposed to cold air, foods and liquids. This could mean your teeth have become sensitive linked to stimuli such as cold temperature. Mild sensitivity can be related to receding gums or a worn-down tooth.

2. Brushing your Teeth too Hard:

It is understandable you want to try get your teeth as clean as possible. However, by applying increased pressure or brushing over-aggressively it can cause more problems and discomfort. Intense brushing can strip away the structure of the actual tooth and the gums that cover the root of your tooth.

3. Severe Sinus Infection:

During flu or allergy season, you may suddenly develop a sinus infection that asserts a level of pain to your teeth. The reasons for toothache is because the roots of certain teeth sit right by the sinuses. The pressure that comes from the sinus infection can impact your tooth pain.

4. Grinding or Clenching Your Teeth when Sleeping:

Also known as bruxism, can occur without you knowing it in your sleep. An imbalance in the meeting of your teeth when they grind can cause tooth pain. Over time, it can lead to tooth sensitivity and pain. The ways to treat this type of pain could involve using a night guard, after evaluation by your dentist.

5. Cracked Tooth:

This can be caused by many things due to trauma to the mouth. This can be anything from biting down on a hard object or receiving some kind of blow to the face. Severe bruxism may also be a reason for your toothache. The symptoms of a cracked tooth could include a sharp pain when chewing or biting. It would be helpful to visit your dentist so they can restore the tooth before the crack worsens.

Overall:

The reason for toothache could have an easy or simple-to-treat cause or it can become more complicated. Therefore, it can be best to be prepared and speak to your dentist for a proper evaluation. By following up with your regular dental care appointments every six months to avoid any serious problems.

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The colder months are just around the corner, and for parents, that means doing everything possible to prevent your kids from getting sick this winter. This means it is more important now than ever to start implementing ways to help boost your kid’s immune system.

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What Is The Immune System?

Our immune systems function as a defence system that wards off bacteria and viruses in order to keep us healthy.  Therefore, the stronger your kids immune system, the less likely they will be getting sick this winter.

So what can you do? Broad Oak MD has some tips on how to prevent your kids from getting sick this winter.

Rest

Adequate sleep is very important because the lack of sleep can make children more susceptible to illness.  Studies show that lack of sleep can produce a reduction of Natural Killer Cells, which are first-line immune system cells. Therefore, sleep will help keep the immune system in balance. Ideally, toddlers should have up to 13 hours of sleep per day, and children between the ages of three to twelve should have up to 12 hours.    

Eating Healthy

Feeding your child the right food plays a major role in supporting immune balance and fighting off infection.  Natural foods present the immune system with nutrients that can help the body create more white blood cells to help fight infection.  Here are some foods that will keep your kids immune system strong this winter:

1. Citrus Fruits

These types of fruits are high in vitamin C, which helps build up your immune system because they increase the production of white blood cells.  

Citrus fruits include:

  • Oranges
  • Lemon
  • Grapefruit
  • tangerines

2. Broccoli

Broccoli is packed with vitamins A, C and E as well as antioxidants and fibre.

3. Ginger

Ginger helps decrease pain, inflammation and nausea.  

4. Spinach

Similar to broccoli, spinach is rich in vitamin C and packed with numerous antioxidants.  Light cooking also enhances vitamin A.

5. Yoghurt

Yoghurts such as Greek yoghurt can function a probiotic because it contains vitamin D.  This may stimulate your immune system to fight against diseases.

Spending Time With Dirt

Spending time in the dirt can build your child’s immune system.  Research shows that growing up in an over sanitised environment can deprive our immune system of its natural need to learn.  As a result, this can lead to your child being prone to being sick or having allergies.

Washing Hands & Skipping Sharing

On the contrary to playing in the dirt, it is important to teach your children good habits to protect them from germs.  This includes washing their hands regularly and not sharing food and drinks with their friends.

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The team here at Broad Oak Medical and Dental Centre know all too well how painful it be to deal with a sick child so it’s much better to prevent it in the first place.

If you are still worried about your child getting sick this winter, don’t hesitate to contact a member of our professional and friendly team today.

Need more medical assistance? Make sure to book an appointment at Cranbourne Doctors or give us a call on (03) 5995 1000.

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Gum disease is an infection of the gums and surrounding tissue which is caused by plaque build up on the teeth. There are two stages of gum disease: gingivitis and periodontitis. The leading cause of gum disease is lack of dental hygiene including brushing and flossing teeth.

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The Two Stages Of Gum Disease

Gingivitis

Gingivitis is the first stage of gum disease. Initially, gums may feel swollen and appear increasingly red. During brushing, the gums may even appear to bleed, thus becoming painful and uncomfortable.  If gingivitis is not treated correctly, it may transition to a more severe form of the disease, periodontitis.

Periodontitis

Periodontitis is the second stage of gum disease where the infection spreads to the supporting bone and fibre which hold the tooth in place. At this stage, the damage caused may be permanent, thus causing further problems down the track.

At this severe and advanced stage of gum disease, the gum is weakened to the point where a small gap may form between the tooth root and the gum. This gap is called the ‘periodontal pocket’, where bacteria can get trapped, causing even more irreversible damage to the gums and teeth.

In the worst case scenario, teeth may become loose and fall out, or in severe cases, be extracted by a dentist.

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How To Know If You Have Gum Disease?

Gum disease can occur at any stage of life. Symptoms to look out for may include:

  • Inflamed, red, swollen gums
  • Increased sensitivity or pain in gums, especially when brushing teeth.
  • Bleeding gums during brushing or flossing
  • Receded gums, making particular teeth appear ‘longer’
  • Bad breath or a bad taste in the mouth

How To Treat Gum Disease

It is important if you do recognise any symptoms of gum disease, to seek professional help as soon as possible. At Cranbourne Dental Centre, we inspect the plaque and tartar build up, and clean where needed. In the case of gingivitis, we will instruct on the correct dental hygiene technique.

In the case of periodontitis, further action may be required. Non-surgical treatment includes antibiotics to treat any infection and root planning; this includes smoothing over root surfaces, discouraging any further tartar and bacteria build up.

Surgical treatments include gum pocket reduction surgery, reducing the size of any open gum tissue. Soft tissue and bone grafts are another option, to reinforce damaged tissue or bone, to reduce further damage in the future.

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How Can I Prevent Gum Disease?

Gum disease is completely preventable and with a few easy steps, it is easy to reduce your likelihood of any infection.

  • Brushing teeth at least twice a day, for on average 2 minutes.
  • Using a soft toothbrush to reduce pressure and replacing their toothbrush every 3-4 months.
  • Better yet, an electric toothbrush is a fantastic option to increase efficiency and cleanliness
  • Flossing once a day to remove hard to see and reach plaque buildup.
  • Consuming a healthy diet and reducing sugar intake
  • Regular dental check-ups
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Tooth decay occurs when damaged areas in the teeth develop into small holes that have to be treated with fillings or dental crowns and bridges. It can be painful and very costly to sort out so it’s something that we all want to avoid. In saying this, with so much information out there, it can be hard to know what foods actually cause tooth decay.

Most of us are well aware of the dangers of added sugar, including the damage that it can cause to our teeth. This being said, there are many other culprits that can cause tooth decay which are often overlooked.

As a leading Dental Clinic in Cranbourne, we know all about tooth decay and while poor dental hygiene plays a huge role, these popular foods are also a big risk factor:

  1. Sugar

Of course this first food is the most well known, but we couldn’t do a list of foods that cause tooth decay and not talk about sugar. Although it tastes great, constant exposure to sugar from snacks such as sweets and chocolate can be extremely damaging to your teeth.

A  small sweet treat might seem harmless but regularly snacking on sweets is worse for your teeth than having one larger sugar fix occasionally. Our Cranbourne Dental Centre team recommend that you try and limit your sugar consumption to just once or twice a week instead. Either way, just be sure to rinse your mouth out with water after consuming any added sugar.

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  1. Dried fruit

Dried fruits have so many great nutrients and they make for a really transportable and calorie dense snack. However, overindulging on too much dried fruit can also play a big role in tooth decay. Dried fruit contains its own special type of sugar called fructose and this combined with the fact that these sweet treats tend to stay stuck on the teeth, means that it’s better to keep them as a once in a while treat.

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  1. Sugary drinks

Sweet drinks are one of the biggest causes of tooth decay and they are something that a lot of us consume without really thinking about it. While soft drinks like Coke are the obvious culprits, there are lots of other drinks that contain sugar too including: fruit juices, alcohol, coffees and sports drinks. Given that these drinks are so high in sugar, and could lead to severe implications for sensitive or weak teeth, our Cranbourne Dental Clinic staff recommend that our clients try to stick to water.

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  1. Citrus fruits

Citrus fruits such as oranges, lemons and limes taste great but they’re not necessarily the best foods for your teeth. While they contain loads of nutrients that are great for your health, citrus fruits high acidic content can erode the enamel on your teeth, meaning that they are more prone to decay. So while you shouldn’t stop eating citrus fruits altogether, try limiting your intake of citrus fruit, eat the whole fruit rather than the juice and rinse your mouth out with water after consuming.

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  1. Starchy carbohydrates like bread, pasta, crisps

When you think of foods that are bad for your teeth, bread probably isn’t something that comes to mind. However, what a lot of us forget is that starchy carbohydrates such as bread, pasta, crackers and crisps are actually broken down into sugar when eaten. Not only is this bad news for your waistline, but it also means that any of these remaining foods stuck in your teeth could be a contributing factor to tooth decay. To prevent this limit your starchy carbohydrate consumption and make sure you are brushing and flossing your teeth thoroughly twice a day.

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  1. Pickles

Lots of us like adding foods like gherkins into our lunchtime sandwiches however, the high sugar content of these foods can leave your dental health in a bit of a pickle. Most pickled foods use vinegar to preserve it which has a high acidic content. This combined with a high sugar content means that these foods are a risk factor for tooth decay.

However, it has been found that calcium can help to neutralise the harmful acidic effects so there’s even more reason to enjoy some cheese with your favourite pickles.

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  1. Low-fat foods

Low fat sounds healthy, right? Well, low-fat often means high sugar as many companies pack in the white stuff to make the food taste better. This is common in popular foods such as low-fat yoghurts and drinks so be sure to read the labels thoroughly when doing your food shopping.

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There’s no reason that you can’t enjoy a treat every so often but it pays to be mindful of the food that you’re eating in order to avoid dental health problems like tooth decay. Preventing tooth decay in this way will decrease the chance of a tooth getting infected and therefore decrease the chance of a tooth needing root canal treatment.

As a leading dental clinic in Cranbourne, the team here at Broad Oak Medical and Dental Centre know all too well how painful it can be to deal with tooth decay so it’s much better to prevent it in the first place.

If you are worried about tooth decay or are in need of any dental work, don’t hesitate to contact a member of our professional and friendly team today.

Need to book an appointment? Just give us a call (03) 5995 1000

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What is a Root Canal?

The term “root canal” is directly linked to the process of cleaning the canals inside the tooth’s root. The ultimate goal of a root canal is to save a tooth that is severely infected, rather than disposing of it completely. This dental procedure will remove the dead or dying nerve tissue and bacteria from inside a tooth so that you can preserve the tooth and reduce the risk of removal.

With modern technology helping root canal treatments to be a painless and smooth treatment, the ‘painful’ stigma that surrounds root canals can be put to bed. More often than not, root canals will take up to two trips to your Cranbourne dentist; it’s easy!

What are the Symptoms of a Root Canal?

  •             Severe and persistent toothache
  •             Swelling in your face or cheek
  •             Foul-smelling and foul-tasting breath
  •             Swollen lymph nodes under your jaw or in your neck
  •             Sensitivity when chewing
  •             Pain in your jawbone, neck or ear

Often the common cause of needing a root canal is a cracked tooth, a deep cavity or a tooth that has undergone repeated dental treatment.

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What is the Root Canal Procedure?

  1.         The dentist at Broad Oak Medical and Dental Centre will insert a numbing gel (anaesthetic) around the bad tooth – it’s common to feel a slight prick as the needle is inserted.
  2.         When your tooth has become numb, your dentist will use a very tiny drill to remove a small portion of the top of the tooth and expose the pulp¹.
  3.         The infected pulp is removed with a set of instruments called files.
  4.         The canals (pathways that run through teeth) are cleaned with disinfecting solution to remove bacteria and any remaining parts of the pulp. Medicine may be applied to the area here, to prevent further infection.
  5.         Now the tooth is clean, it may be filled and closed. Often this will be with a temporary filling until your next appointment when you receive the permanent crown.

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¹.Pulp is essentially the nerves, blood vessels and connective tissue of the tooth. It supplies blood to the tooth whilst it is also the reason you feel sensations such as temperature on your teeth.

How to take care of a Root Canal?

With care and attention, a tooth that has undergone a root canal can remain healthy for the rest of your life. Ensure you are visiting your dental clinic in Cranbourne every six months, brushing twice-a-day with a deep clean toothpaste that fights germs, flossing once-a-day and avoiding chewing on hard foods that can cause teeth to break.

Need to book an appointment? Just give us a call (03) 5995 1000

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At Cranbourne Medical Centre, we strongly urge our patients to receive an annual Flu Vaccination as a preventative measure.  4000 cases of the flu have already been announced in Victoria for 2019, making Summer 2019 the biggest Summer breakout of Influenza in Victoria’s history. Be sure to stay protected with a Flu Vaccination at Cranbourne Doctors.

The 2019 Flu Vaccination and Why Is It So Important To Be Vaccinated?

This year, there are two types of influenza vaccine: The new A strain (H3N2) and a new B strain. At Cranbourne Medical Centre, we highly recommend our patients receive the vaccine to ensure they are protected against receiving the Flu, but also to ensure there are fewer people being able to spread the Flu; thus reducing the number of people becoming infected. The Flu Vaccination continues to be the safest and most effective way to protect yourself from any serious disease caused by the Flu.

The severity of Influenza varies every year, however, due to an abnormally severe and rare Summer Flu season, our doctors at Cranbourne Medical Centre recommend anyone >6 months, receive the injection.

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How Much Does The Flu Vaccination Cost?

Under the National Immunisation Program, (NIP) there will be particular groups of people eligible for a free Flu shot. The program may include anyone over the age of 65 years, pregnant women, those who suffer from chronic conditions, and for the first time, all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, from 6 months of age. For anyone unsure whether they fall under the program, they can check here for clarification.

For those not under NIP, we do charge a $19 fee for the flu vaccination and GP Cranbourne consultation appointments will be bulk billed.

When Is The Best Time To Get Vaccinated?

At Cranbourne Doctors, we recommend our patients receive the vaccination in April-May time, with the aim to be immune by peak flu season which is generally July-September.

Are There Any Side Effects Of The Vaccine?

As all vaccinations and medications have side effects, it is important to note there can also be minor side effects of the flu vaccination. For most people, common side effects include pain, redness, swelling or hardness where the was needle injected. Fever, tiredness, and body aches are a few of the other side effects, these are minor side effects, however, if they do progress, becoming uncomfortable, it is important to alert one of our doctors at GP Cranbourne.

Make sure to book an appointment at Cranbourne Doctors to ensure you are protected against this years’ Flu season.

 


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At Cranbourne Dental Centre, we strive to ensure all our clients can attain high quality and accessible dental care.  For children, there is the ‘Child Dental Benefits Schedule’ (CDBS) which is an initiative that allows for up to $1000* for basic dental treatments. 

Who Is Eligible?

To be eligible, the patient must be aged between 2-17 for at least 1 day of the calendar year.  They must and also be eligible for Medicare, Family Tax Benefit A, or other relevant Australian Government payments.

To be able to receive the benefits for your child, eligibility will be granted if you are their parent/guardian, or if you’re an approved care organisation responsible for the child.

If you are unsure whether your child is eligible for CDBS, you can contact the Department of Human Services.

Which Services Are Eligible For the CDBS?

  1. Dental check-ups and teeth cleaning
  2. Fissure sealants and fillings
  3. Dental x-rays
  4. Extractions
  5. Root canals 

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How To Claim?

Treatment is bulk billed through Medicare

  • Eligible children pay $0 – no out of pocket costs
  • No wait list – your child will have the next available appointment

To be able to claim CDBS with Cranbourne Dental Centre, simply make an appointment with us and inform us of the service required and mention that you would like to use CDBS. We will then require you to sign a consent form agreeing to the services and the cost.

At Cranbourne Dental Centre we offer bulk-billing, which means patients will not need to submit a claim with us under the CDBS.

One thing to note with the Child Dental Benefits Scheme is that it is not available for orthodontic or cosmetic dental work and will not be paid for any services provided in a hospital operating theatre.

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