Our teeth-healthy Christmas dessert: homemade raspberry swirl cheesecake

When it comes to Christmas desserts, we normally have a traditional dessert that we frequent each year. This year, we’ve made finding a new dessert recipe easy with our festive raspberry swirl cheesecake filled with teeth-healthy nutrients.


Cake Filling

  • 750g cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 2 tbs yoghurt or sour cream
  • 1/4 cup (60ml) coconut cream
  • 1/2 cup (175g) rice malt syrup
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla powder
  • 1 cup frozen raspberries
  • Extra raspberries and mint leaves, to decorate.

Cake Base

  • 1 cup (150g) shelled pistachios or hazelnuts
  • 1 cup (70g) shredded or 1 cup (90g) desiccated coconut
  • 1 cup (100g) almond meal, or other nut meal
  • 120g unsalted butter, softened



Step 1: Preheat the oven to 160°C. Line the base and sides of a 23cm springform pan with baking paper.

Step 2: The foundation of any great cheesecake begins with the base. Start by processing the nuts in a food processor until they reach a semi-fine texture. Add coconut, almond meal, and softened butter. Combine by gently rubbing together with your fingertips, coaxing the oils from the nuts to achieve the desired doughy consistency. If needed, add a bit more butter. Press the dough into the base and sides of the prepared pan, aiming for an even thickness of about 5 mm.

Step 3: Bake for 5-8 minutes until it starts to turn golden. Once done, let it cool completely in the pan.

Step 4: While the base is cooling, it’s time to work on the raspberry puree. Begin by placing the frozen raspberries in a blender, drizzling in just enough water to facilitate blending and create a puree. Transfer the puree to a small saucepan and gently heat over medium heat until the raspberries thicken into a syrup-like consistency. Allow it to cool, preserving its vibrant red hue.

Step 5: Now, focus on the heart of the dessert—the creamy cheesecake filling. In a large bowl, combine cream cheese, yogurt or sour cream, coconut cream, rice malt syrup, an egg, and a touch of vanilla powder. The key here is to stir gently, avoiding over-mixing, as excessive aeration can lead to the filling puffing up and collapsing during cooking.

Step 6: Spoon half of the cream cheese mixture into the now-cooled base, creating a smooth surface. With a teaspoon, add dots of the raspberry sauce to the cheesecake surface and gently swirl through with a skewer or knife. Pour the remaining cream cheese mixture over this raspberry, once again ensuring a smooth surface.

Step 7: Return the cheesecake to the oven for approximately 20-30 minutes until the filling slightly pulls away from the base and its center makes a custard-like consistency. Be cautious not to overcook.

Step 8: After baking, allow the cheesecake to cool at room temperature for a while. Once it’s reached an appropriate temperature, transfer it to the fridge for at least 2 hours to firm before serving. Add some extra raspberries and a few sprigs of mint for decoration.

Pro Tip: It’s essential to allow the cheesecake to cool for a few hours before serving, as this helps to avoid an overly eggy taste.


At this time of year when we indulge in a little more of everything, it’s also important to check up on your dental health before, during or after the festive season. Book an appointment with your dentist to ensure you can continue enjoying your moderated sweets this festive season.

If you’re looking for more recipes to share with your family this year, or a gift for someone who loves cooking, the ADA’s (Australian Dental Association) new Tooth-friendly treats cookbook contains 20 sweet treat recipes recommended by dentists. The profits from the sales of this book are donated to the ADA Dental Health Foundation, which helps disadvantaged Australians access much-need dental care. You can purchase your Tooth-friendly treats cookbook here.

Periodontics now at nib Dental Care Chatswood and Sydney CBD

Meet Dr. Akila S Vithanage, nib Dental Care’s newest Periodontist.


Dr. Akila S Vithanage is an experienced Periodontist practicing in both Sydney and Brisbane. His mission is to uphold the highest standards of care in the treatment of periodontal disease and dental implants.

Currently, Dr. Akila is a panel member appointed by the Minister of Health for the Queensland Health Ombudsman. He also collaborates with AHPRA, where his expertise as a specialist Periodontist aids in cases involving dental negligence. Alongside these roles, he manages a private practice in Brisbane and serves as a Consultant Specialist at Sydney’s St. Vincent’s Private Hospital.

Born in Windsor, NSW, Dr. Akila is a local within the Sydney region. He attended Baulkham Hills High School before embarking on his journey in healthcare. He then pursued Dentistry in Queensland, where he graduated with first-class honors.

Following this, Dr. Akila returned to New South Wales to specialise in Periodontology, concurrently studying at the University of Sydney and the University of Queensland.

Periodontics, a specialised branch of dentistry, focuses on the health of the gums, bones, and tissues that provide essential support to our teeth. Dr. Akila finds satisfaction in assisting patients in achieving and maintaining optimal oral health, comfort, and functionality.

Contact nib Dental Care Chatswood or Sydney CBD to book an appointment today.

Child Dental Benefits Schedule: Everything you need to know about free kids dental*!

With the school holidays quickly approaching, it’s a great time to book your child in for a dental check-up. Your child could be eligible for up to $1052 in free dental* with the Child Dental Benefits Schedule (CDBS).


What is the Child Dental Benefits Schedule (CDBS)?

The CDBS is a government-funded program that provides financial support for basic dental services to eligible children under 18 years old. It covers a range of treatments, including preventative check-ups, X-rays, cleaning, fillings, extractions, and more. The best part is, it’s free* for all eligible children.


What you can claim with free* kids’ dental?

You can claim up to $1,052* for each child over 2 consecutive calendar years.

The 2 year period starts at the beginning of the calendar year in which your child both:

  • becomes eligible
  • has their first dental visit.


The CDBS continues to be means tested, which means that for your family to be eligible, they must be under 18 years old and be eligible for Medicare. Your family must also be receiving a relevant Australian Government payment. Check your child’s eligibility here.


If you have Private health extras, you can still access the CDBS

If you have Private health extras, you can still access the CDBS if you meet the above criteria. At your child’s appointment, simply let the receptionist know that you would like to use your CDBS benefits instead of your health fund to claim.


Before booking your appointment

When you book an appointment, let the receptionist know that you want to use CDBS. They will be able to check your eligibility and balance limit. This will tell you what benefit amount you can get at your next appointment.


At your child’s dental appointment

At your child’s dental appointment, ask about:

  • what each service will cost
  • if CDBS will cover the services.


Your dentist should check your child’s available benefit amount at the appointment prior to beginning treatment.


If your child is due for a check-up, confirm their eligibility and book online today. They may be eligible to receive $1052 in free dental services*.


Look after your kids’ dental health today – they’ll thank you for it later.

*Free when services covered by the Commonwealth Government’s Child Dental Benefits Schedule are bulk billed by participating Practitioners for treatments provided to eligible patients.

The difference between Cosmetic and restorative dentistry.

What’s the difference between cosmetic and restorative dentistry?

In the past, most dentistry centered around the prevention of decay and restoration of teeth, but in recent years, cosmetic dentistry has become increasingly popular, especially for people who are keen to improve the look of their smile. It’s easy to become confused about the differences between cosmetic and restorative dentistry. Although the two fields share many similarities, they’re not the same thing.

Essentially, cosmetic dental treatments are elective – those who are not happy or satisfied with their smile, choose to have them. Whereas restorative dentistry is based on restoring the function and structure of your teeth and sometimes, alleviating pain.

What is cosmetic dentistry?

Cosmetic or aesthetic dentistry is designed to improve the look or appearance of your teeth. Often, treatments to improve the appearance of crooked, discoloured, broken, or uneven teeth can improve the overall appearance of your smile. Nib Dental offers a range of cosmetic dentistry options that can improve the appearance of your smile. Book an appointment with your dentist to discuss the right option for you in terms of desired results, budget, and your current oral health.

Cosmetic dentistry procedures

The most common types of cosmetic dental procedures include:

Teeth whitening – designed to remove yellowing, staining, and discolouration and restore teeth to a lighter shade.

Veneers (Porcelain or composite) – veneers are bonded to the front surface of one or more teeth to improve their size, shape, or colour.

Tooth contouring and reshaping – contouring can change the shape, length, and surface of the tooth to improve the alignment of your teeth and smile.

Dental bridges and crowns – bridges can replace one or more missing teeth to improve not only your smile but chewing ability, and facial structure and to prevent other teeth from moving into the space. Bridges often use crowns on the adjacent teeth to hold the replacement tooth in place. The crown is the part of the tooth that is visible above the gums.

Orthodontic braces and aligners – can reposition uneven or crooked teeth to their correct position. These can be traditional metal brackets and wires, more discrete ceramic braces, or clear plastic aligners.


Restorative dentistry procedures

Restorative dentistry aims to improve the general health of the mouth, teeth, and gums. When teeth are decayed or damaged, or there is a break in the protective outer enamel, bacteria can enter the teeth and gums. If left untreated, this can cause decay and infection resulting in more difficult and expensive treatment.

Fillings – are used to fill an area of tooth that has been removed due to decay or trauma. Fillings can be made from a range of different materials, most commonly silver-coloured amalgam or composite resin.

Dental implants – an alternative when teeth are missing. Sometimes it’s not possible to restore a tooth and extraction is the only option, leaving a gap. Dental implants are becoming increasingly common as a way to replace a missing tooth, improving chewing ability, and facial structure and preventing other teeth from moving into the space.

Root canal and dental crown – when the soft pulp inside the tooth is removed and the space is filled and sealed. Often a dental crown is placed over the tooth to restore its shape, size, and strength.

Dental bridges– replace a missing tooth where there is a gap. Crowns often fit over the natural teeth on either side of the space. Artificial teeth are then made which bridge the gap.

Dentures – are removable or semipermanent false teeth that are worn to replace multiple missing teeth.


If you are interested in beginning your cosmetic dental journey or are due for your check-up, book an appointment with your dentist to discuss your individual cosmetic and restorative dentistry options.

Have you had a dental check-up after the winter?

Telltale signs you’re due for a check-up

This year many of us have had personal experience of succumbing to one of a number of flu viruses. Of course, when we’re sick, the priority is to recover as soon as possible and limit the risk of others catching whatever we have. But it’s also important to think about the potential effects that being sick may have on our oral health and to make an appointment with your dentist to make sure your teeth and gums remain healthy.


What can happen to your teeth when you have the flu?

  • Toothache- It’s common to experience toothache when you have the flu as congestion and pressure in the sinuses build up. One typical sign of flu-related toothache, rather than a genuine toothache, is that the pain is not limited to just one tooth. Most commonly the upper teeth are affected by sinus congestion, especially the back teeth which are closest to the sinuses. Sinus-related pain can be very uncomfortable, especially when it’s not responding to pain-relieving medications and interrupting sleep.
  • Nasal congestion- As nasal congestion limits normal breathing through the nose, the only alternative is to breathe through the mouth, which commonly leads to a dry mouth and reduced saliva flow.
  • Dry mouth- Saliva is often referred to as a ‘buffer’, helping to prevent tooth decay and keep the oral membranes moist. Apart from feeling unpleasant, dry mouth can also increase the risk of bacterial growth which can lead to tooth decay and gum disease. It can also affect chewing and swallowing, making it more difficult to obtain the nutrients from foods needed to recover [1]. Many cold and flu medications also contribute to mouth dryness.


How long should I wait to have my dental check-up after having the flu?

It’s important to see your dentist every 6 months, or more often if advised. After recovering from the flu, it’s a good idea to book a dental check-up to ensure that there are no long-lasting effects on your oral health. Let the receptionist know that you’ve been unwell when you book your appointment. The surgery may recommend a clearance time after you’ve recovered, just to ensure there is no risk of passing on germs.


Our top tips to care for your oral health when you’re unwell

  1. Keep your toothbrush separate from other family members. Replace your toothbrush with a new one once you’ve recovered.
  2. Keep up your usual toothbrushing habits when you’re sick. Brush twice each day, for two minutes, and use fluoridated toothpaste. Don’t forget to floss and care well for your gums.
  3. Drink lots of water and avoid sipping on sugary or acidic drinks.
  4. Eat a balanced diet that will support your immune system to help your recovery.
  5. Sleep, rest and care well for yourself.

If you’ve been unwell with the flu this year and haven’t visited the dentist, book an appointment so you can stay on top of your oral health.



[1] Common Cold, Teeth and Oral Health Are Connected | Colgate®