Sleep apnea's resurgence in interest has some interesting and important reasons. And one of them is how it affects your child.
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For the dentist, an important part of doing great orthodontics is having an accurate cephalometric tracing of your patient. There is a simple way to keep this from being arduous. Let me explain. .
The word saunter comes from the late 1500’s to 1660’s, and has been linked to “la Sainte Terre,” or holy land. Thoreau said that persons who understood the art of walking on the precious earth were geniuses.
It’s also linked to adventure, walking with awareness of the earth and beauty around.
It’s a wonderful word for walking with muse, with reverie, leisurely, strolling, loving what is around.
Then there is the equally wonderful word, mosey, similarly meaning to wander or shuffle about leisurely, stroll, a pace slowed for enjoyment of the walking.
How many times in my hurry to get through an airport, or a shopping mall, or even walking to a specific location, have I come upon someone walking slowly - moseying along - and thought how I wish they would speed up or let me pass.
One morning in a line awaiting coffee before a meeting, I thought, “If these folks would just hurry up…” And I could have been connecting with the people in line instead. I could have moseyed into my morning!
Today. Saunter. Mosey into and throughout your day. Take the time for awareness of your surroundings, your earth, the beauty around you, the folks around you.
Have reverie for your walk throughout your day.
Saunter through your day.
Mosey with me.
This is not just true in dentistry, but in every profession.
Being skilled -- in dentistry or whatever your work is -- is a great accomplishment. The dentist worked hard to learn and hone those skills. But there is the challenge to go beyond the 'technician' and transcend into something special.
Practicing great pediatric dentistry is possible without using sedation and general anesthesia. For the vast majority of patients, this is safer and creates a happier, healthier dental experience. Here's how.
Purpose - You are here for a reason.
That reason has to do with connecting to others, to your higher self, and to God.
Your purpose is to fill a need or a void in the world, using your particular talents, awarenesses, your needs (yes - your needs), your fears, (yes - your fears), your courage, your love.
(Funny thing, our purposes are all the same - make the world better - yet VERY different - using our talents, awarenesses, needs, fears, courage, love.)
Get to your purpose - today!
Start with gratitude. (Something you have to “work” at, to get in the habit of being thankful, to become aware of our good fortunes.) Gratitude makes life wonderful.
The gratitude ‘System’ -
1. Take time to reflect - how about right when you wake up in the morning?
2. Think about what’s good in your life. Say, “I am grateful for what I have had, for what I now have, and for what I shall have.”
3. Talk to others throughout the day and ask what they are grateful for.
4. Be generous with others. Give your time, your energy, your LOVE, your abundance.
5. Tell others you are grateful for them.
Your purpose, your significance will become clearer and clearer to you as you find you have lower stress, more energy, more joy, better sleep, more fun, more delight, more love.
Let’s live together in love and gratitude, you wonderful you!
It takes a team to run a dental practice. As the owner of the practice, it's important to remember that your team members need respect and love - and there's a way to do it right.
Dentists who treat children have a unique opportunity to use their awareness of developmental issues which can occur. In this VLOG entry, I want to address these.
As the saying goes, “When God shuts one door, he opens another.”
Indeed, change is the natural flow of things. It changes around you.
Things change, and when a new door opens you can notice or ignore, you can choose to step into the new doorway or stay outside it.
Not noticing, not walking into the change are choices. Your choices.
Many circumstances you CANNOT change, but you can change yourself.
Your courage is right in there with your fear. Both are there.
Choose courage - because the quality of your life is directly proportional to the uncertainty with which you can live.
Choose the pain of uncertainty, of discipline.
Avoid the pain of regret.
Be happiest - do what most people avoid - be totally courageous and full of faith in life. Avoid what most people do, living in fear.
Step into your future, your joy, your happiness.
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.
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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