Doctor, what is it you fear in your dental practice?
What scares you and how do you deal with it?
There is an answer found -- in your perspective.
In orthodontics, functional appliances can be a challenge in terms of patient compliance. Here are some tips for dentists, patients and patient parents.
Know what you're getting into!
INSTEAD, say, “I choose to feel tired,” and, “I choose to feel bored.”
You decide your feelings, whether you realize it or not.
They are created in your mind, usually subconscious mind, and then when you recycle the thoughts in your CONSCIOUS mind, the feelings become stronger and more entrenched.
As the words come to your mind, your mouth, instead, even better say, “I choose to feel energized,” “I choose to rest now and rejuvenate,” “I choose to find something great to do,” and on and on…
You BECOME what your WORDS SAY.
Become by choosing your words!!The world you live in is the world you choose.
Nitric oxide can be formed naturally in the body, and has been nicknamed 'the miracle molecule.' It has important purposes in the body and is especially important for children. How can it be formed?
What happens if it doesn't form?
Let's face it: Orthodontics is a beauty treatment.
It's what brings patients to the dental office when they delay appointments for other dental health needs. It is a desired service. The patient, and the young patient's parents, have a beautiful smile as the desired result of orthodontic treatment.
It’s funny as a dentist, to notice all the funny sayings about teeth.
Here’s one; “Put your teeth into it,” implying that it is something that makes you think hard, work hard, put lots into it.
And for sure, that funny little idiom is a huge statement on how to make life great.Whatever you do. Put your teeth into it.
Whatever your goals, put your teeth into them.
Whatever your challenges, put your teeth into them.
Get your skates on.
Wherever you are - be there fully!
Give it your all.
When loving, love with all you’ve got.
When working, work with all you’ve got.
When living, live with all you’ve got.
Sending all the love I’ve got, to you!
I'll be leaving on a jet plane.
It's been a great experience, being a Texas girl who practices orthodontics in beautiful Abu Dhabi, in the United Arab Emirates. What's it like commuting 8,000 miles to work? What have I learned? Has this experience changed my worldview?
Financial pressures on dentists have multiplied with the proliferation of big corporations, big insurance companies, big government and their multitude of demands. But, let me share with you about some of the ways to deal with these.
Keep on using your tiny yet incredibly significant disciplines that take you to miracles.
“This kind of simple progress will build a ladder leading out of the abyss of failure and neglect that once was our dwelling place. With each new discipline we will have constructed a new rung that will enable us to climb out of darkness where the failures, the complainers, and the confused and misguided gather to share their sad stories of how unfair life is.” ~Jim Rohn
Building the ladder is easy to do.
Every time you notice your aching back, you get up and do your yoga exercises that benefit your back. Every time you realize you have more abdominal girth that you wish, you change what you put in your mouth the next little while. Every time every time every time. Keep on, keep on, keep on.
Daily TINY choices, all for the tiny bit better.
Choosing gratitude to lead your day. Every single morning, before those feet touch the floor, think of three things you are grateful for. Daily. And even throughout the day.
The tiniest disciplines, practiced every moment, every day, start the incredible process to a life transformed.
Dentists, you spend a lot of time trying to educate your patients to take care of their teeth -- and too many of them are just not interested.
Plus, many people are reluctant to visit their dentist for lots of reasons. But orthodontics is one area of dentistry that patients actually want. Here's why.
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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