Dentists, how many academic studies tell us that oral health problems should be addressed through patient education - assuming the patient will do exactly as you instruct? When you tell your patient to brush and floss, how many do that? Don't they understand the importance of their own oral health? Here are some things to consider.
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So many times when I teach about airway problems and the myriad of serious health issues that can ensue, a doctor in the class speaks up, "Oh my gosh! That's MY child!" The problems are nothing like you find in adults, so you need to know what to look for. And, there are interventions you can provide that do great service to your patients's health.
Dentists: It's most important to actually love your patients. People can tell whether you like them or not -- and to be the best doctor you can be, you should love them and love making their lives healthier and better. Here's the 'secret sauce' to keep potential patients fully informed and satisfied with the recommended case treatment. It's a formula for success, and a win-win situation for you and your patient. (Recorded in Sounion, Greece)
Love plays a vital role when you work with patients in your orthodontics or dental practice. That can be further defined as love for your job, love for your patients, and vital to all of this -- your patients' love for you. There are certain things the dentist can do to cultivate this in her or his life and business -- I talk about that, today. Love and respect between the dentist and her patients makes all the difference. (Recorded in Sounion, Greece.)
Amazing that a tiny almond-shaped amygdala deep inside the brain is involved in processing intense negative emotions - anxiety, fear and stress.
Even more amazing that the amygdala can trigger MI/heart attack and other cardiac episodes.
A “broken heart” is both emotional/thought and physical.
The amygdala is the source of what we call the ego, the “me” of you and the “me” of me. It is what rises up to defend, to prove itself right, to feel pride instead of humility.
Studies at Harvard and other institutions find that strong emotions (emanating from thoughts) can and do trigger cardiac disease and heart attacks.
Think about your precious hours of today.
Where will your heart spend its day? - in fear and worry, or in loving and appreciating your life, your family, your friends, your opportunities, your ability to love?
In orthodontics, to always wait for young patients to get all of their adult teeth in is an old-fashioned approach. The cutting edge in orthodontics is to know when an early treatment option will best benefit the young patient and to provide that as an option. Parents and patients need to be aware of this option and the advantages it has.
Airway issues in children are frequent and VERY often undiagnosed. The dentist with Interception Orthodontics skill can identify the problems and provide vital, life-changing therapies that can help. Airway is just one of many issues where the dentist knowing Interception Orthodontics can provide transformational treatment.
Dr Chris Baker
Dr. Chris Baker is Past President of the American Orthodontic Society, a pediatric dentist and teacher of orthodontics, An author, dental practice consultant, mentor, and a current or former faculty member of three U.S. dental schools, Dr Chris practices and blogs in beautiful Abu Dhabi, UAE, and glorious Texas, USA.
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