Silence

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My second Intention Word for 2016 is SILENCE!

I did not realize how noisy this world was until I quit my job in mainstream dentistry some eight years ago and began to focus on creating silence in my life as part of my healing.

I had worked in an open-concept dental office for roughly eighteen years where the sounds of high-speed drills, ultrasonic scalers, televisions, telephones, doorbells and people talking bombarded and permeated the race-against-the-clock practice of modern dentistry were common every day noise.

I began to take long walks alone in the woods on a daily basis, and in the quiet that enveloped me, I began to suspect that all that noise might not have been good for me.

I reflected back to a time before electricity when there were no televisions, radios, telephones, automobiles and machines; how quiet would that be? Imagine the peace and tranquility without the distraction of all that noise.  I began to extend a conscious choice of silence to that which I had control over. I turned off my car radio, I turned off the door chime on our alarm system and I began to limit my television viewing.

I extended this conscious choice of silence to the creation of my dental clinic. I was, and continue to be, very careful to minimize the high-decibel noise that is relentless in a dental office. If I must use my ultrasonic scaler, I offer headphones to patients if they find the noise irritating and unsettling.  Interestingly enough, most do!

I refuse to have a television in my office and while I do play gentle instrumental music as a soothing background I attempt to turn it off on a regular basis also.  I have a one-person office so there are no other people talking and making noise. The telephone does ring but it has been turned down low and since I space my appointments 90 minutes apart there are no other patients to interrupt the peace and quiet.

This year especially in line with my three words of intention, I am committed to bringing further awareness to the noise that I personally create with my words and my thoughts.  For those of you who know me, you know that this will be a challenge. Speaking is easy, remaining quiet is hard and turning off the cacophony of tumbling thoughts that churn incessantly through my subconscious is a relentless chore.  But with practice, I am determined to master this noise as well and embrace the Silence.

Again, I welcome my dear friends and family to remind me to stay on track.  If you, like me, set three words of intention at the start of the New Year, I would love to hear how you are getting along.  I welcome your feedback. You can connect with me via email or telephone, leave a comment right here on the site or join in the conversation on Facebook and Twitter.

Until next time,

Kathleen

 

My 3 Intention Words for 2016

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I want to thank my good friend Karen Armstrong at Inside Out for sharing her New Year’s tradition of picking three words that reflect the energy that the New Year is bringing forth for her and making these her Intention Words for the coming year.

I have decided to adopt Karen’s idea for myself this year because of its simplicity, and the fact that it does not necessitate setting goals or making resolutions.  I am a very goal-oriented person both personally and professionally and while this has helped greatly in the past to keep me on track with my vision of success, I know it is time to take a break in 2016 and coast for awhile.  For those of you who know me, coasting is not in my vocabulary so this is really going to be a challenge.  However, I am turning 60 this year, and as I enter into this next chapter of my life the universe is gently prodding me to take a break, to rest a bit and just be.

So here are my Intention Words for 2016: Continue reading

Dental Bone Cavitations; a Surgical Intervention

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In my November blog I left off with the announcement that I had the privilege of attending an actual dental bone cavitation surgical appointment with my patient on November 9th in Toronto. I neglected to mention the very important fact that there was a diagnostic appointment prior to booking that surgery. At this appointment a manual exploration of all four wisdom tooth extraction sites was performed and three of the four areas in question revealed some sponginess to the bone when pressed with the patient noting some sensitivity in these areas as well! The most sensitive area being the bottom left. Continue reading

Dental Bone Cavitations – Exploring 3 Important Questions

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Last month’s blog post left off with 3 very important questions that I had about Jaw Cavitations:

• How many of the patients that I see in my clinic have these silent areas of infection?
• How can I help them find out if they have one?
• What is the potential risk to the rest of the body from not addressing these pockets of diseased bone? Continue reading

Holistic Oral Health Summit – Diagnosis & Treatment of Cavitations

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In my spare time last week I endeavored to watch as many featured speakers as possible on the Holistic Oral Health Summit.  While I have heard a number of these experts speak in the past, some of the information was familiar but there was a lot of new information that has left my mind reeling. I think the area that most intrigued me concerned the diagnosis and treatment of Cavitations.

What is a Cavitation? Continue reading

Do You Really Need to Have Your Teeth Professionally Cleaned?

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I have been asking myself over and over during the last year: “Do people really need to have their teeth professionally cleaned”?  I have begun to ask this question because I have had a couple of clients over the last year that did not, in my professional opinion, need to have their teeth cleaned at their continuing care appointment. After completing my assessment, I discussed my findings with these clients and then left it up to them to decide whether to proceed or not. Continue reading

Functional Oral Health

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I recently completed introductory courses in Functional Medicine and Functional Nutrition through the Institute for Functional Medicine. Through the knowledge that I have gained, I truly believe that this is the approach that we need to adopt when approaching Oral Health as well. I plan on beginning training in the near future to become an Institute for Functional Medicine Certified Practitioner  so that I can begin practicing Functional Oral Health as a branch of Functional Medicine. Continue reading

Cochrane Oral Health Group Concludes Fluoridation May Not Prevent Cavities

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The Cochrane Oral Health Group Evaluation of Water Fluoridation concludes: “Fluoridation May Not Prevent Cavities”. In a June 19, 2015 publication by the Cochrane Collaboration, researchers have concluded that: Continue reading

The Root Canal Cover-up and Informed Consent

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For those of you who follow my blog and the many patients that I have the privilege of seeing here at Woodland Dental Hygiene, you are aware that I am very passionate about my stand on Root Canal Therapy and the need for Informed Consent”.

What is “Informed Consent”? Continue reading

Sugar Industry Shapes Public Health Policy

independent dental hygienist King CityA new report published on March 10, 2015 by researchers from the University of California, San Francisco, (UCSF) reveals that the sugar industry heavily influenced federal research and subsequently public health policy and guidelines resulting from that research.

In 1969, The Caries Task Force Steering Committee was formed by the National Institute of Dental Research (NIDR) and met regularly to come up with research priorities. Continue reading