Health coverage and insurance schemes, both public and private, such as Medicare, Medicaid and Dental Insurance, have dramatically affected healthcare professions since their introduction. It has been a real education for me, being a firsthand witness to many of these changes.
How we adults wish sometimes that we could be the child, taken care of, looked after, protected, as we do for and with our beloved children. The world can be a scary place.
Yet we spend the greatest part of our lives being adults, called to personal responsibility, coping, courage, commitment, motivation, and dedication.
It’s easy to feel alone. We yearn for guidance, surety.
This is where trust and faith come in. It’s about something greater than ourselves.
It’s about knowing you are Divinely guided.
It’s about knowing the turns you take in the roads of life will work together for good.
It’s about knowing God can make a way where there “is no way.”
It’s about expecting the best, and then trusting you have Divine guidance.
It’s about experiencing that life includes love - and loss.
It’s about knowing the problems are not the problems, but rather are there to bring you to strength.
The Grace is there. But for the trust, the faith.
Having a genuine, loving attitude towards your patients makes for a happier career for the dentist. A wonderful family in our Abu Dhabi practice helps to illustrate this point.
Success and joy in life and in dental practice are found in loving, healthy relationships with family, patients, employees, suppliers, lenders and others. Dr Chris Baker talks about cultivating these relationships in your life and profession.
Worry - something we all learn to do.
Worry - something that creates more worry.
Worry - something that pushes away the things you want.
Worry - something that makes you feel terrible.
Worry - Work at ridding yourself of worry.
To manifest your desires - success, joy, happiness, peace, abundance - you won’t get very far with worry in the mix.
Shift the way you feel and watch what happens. If you can get rid of thoughts of worry, you will find things to worry about will lessen and disappear.
Bob Newhart did a very funny skit about worry, called Stop It. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ow0lr63y4Mw) Worth a watch, as its message is timeless and true.
Taking a clue from that playbook, as you find yourself worrying, or obsessing on negatives, tell yourself, “Stop it!”
As the musical group, The Police sing, “Every move you make, every word you say, every step you take…” Every thought you think, every word you say and every move you make is creating your future.
Dwell on the positive. Your thoughts become your life.
Le Chaim - to Life!
Very often, the main motivator for any dental treatment, orthodontics especially, is to look gorgeous. Good looks are a priority to the patient or her parents -- this often even taking precedence over something directly contributing to the good health of the patient... like fillings.
Living in this luxurious amazing time, we have favorite luxuries - favorite restaurants, favorite vacation spots, favorite sports teams, favorite…
We choose food, travel, teams to cheer, movies, luxuries upon luxuries.
We spend time with news, negativity, complainers, shopping, services, confusion, worrying.
Choose to nourish yourself.
Choose your favorite nourishing and protective luxuries - like meditation, reading inspiring words, gratitude, loving and being loved more, positive people, taking in the energy and beauty of nature.
Sure - enjoy your favorite worldly luxuries, with a new and broad awareness and practice of gratitude, of love, of purpose.
Keep company with the people who challenge you, who help you get better. Choose your people wisely. Let them help you change your thoughts, beliefs and actions for the better, and reciprocate for them.
Be a person of talent and virtue, shared with others.
Be the luxury and enjoy your life’s luxuries - physical, spiritual, intellectual, financial and relational. Live a life that is an example of an exceptional life. Your favorite.
A vexing problem, mesially ectopic molars at their worst, can cause resorption of roots and may themselves impact and never erupt. Brass wire ligatures are one option to improve the trajectory of the ectopic molar.
The New Wisdom in Orthodontic Treatment
Oh, how we wish to be significant. Oh, how we wish to be important.
So we become “pleasers.” We become “approval addicts.”
And the world doesn’t care - or even notice.
We miss our own significance. We miss our own importance. We don’t appreciate our own value.
And the world doesn’t care.
The world doesn’t care whether you choose to stop here, or to go higher.
So YOU have to care.
Care enough to truly love.
Care enough to rise.
Care enough to learn and grow.
Your significance, your importance is IN YOU. You attract others who care because you truly love. Be yourself. Be YOU. Be happy.
You have to care.
Dr Chris Baker
America's most-trusted teacher of orthodontic continuing education, Dr. Chris Baker has practiced and taught for more than 30 years, and is a current or former faculty member of three U.S. dental schools. She is a pediatric dentist, author, blogger, dental practice consultant, and mentor. Dr. Chris is also Past President and Senior Instructor of the American Orthodontic Society. She is based in Texas, USA, but lectures around the world.
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