Just finshed another wonderful day of learning and growing with some wonderful offices all over the Nebreaska and Kansas Region. Dr. Jack Wesch from Fairbury and myself led a wonderful day together with doctors, and their teams and even my lawyer and a key person of his staff atttending. We discussed what it means to be a leader and why we dedicated this day every year to a great man, dentist, husband, and father; Dr. Clem McGill. We also discussed how we have the possibilty to untap unlimited potential. We wathced a great movie entitled, “People v. The State of Illusion”. Dr. Wesch also helped us understand “Stress” and what it does to our bodies. It was a wonderful day at Mahoney State Park. We do it every year and learning to be great leaders to make a difference in the lives of those we serve is something that all the attendees do not take ligtly. If you would like to attend next year and be part of this great group we would love to have you. Just drop me a line and I will make sure put you on the list.
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There are three reasons that people lose their teeth. They are: tooth decay, gum disease, and bad bite. The first two are diseases of choice. You don’t have to have them if you don’t want them. Partnering with a dental team that coaches you on how to prevent the causes of disease and what role you play in this process, is the secret to your success. But the last one BAD BITE you can’t do anything about by yourself. This takes dentists trained specifically in this area to help you stop this disease progression. It is BAD BITE that I would like to touch upon in this article.
BAD BITE is not whether your teeth are straight or not. It is the lack of the way the chewing muscles, joints, and teeth relate to each other. When the joints are in the socket, all the teeth should hit front and back. Did you know that the only time that the teeth should touch is when you swallow 12-1400 times per day? When you chew your food the back teeth should not touch. The front teeth should guide the back teeth and separate them so that food can come onto the chewing table. If the teeth bump, too much power is placed on them, and over time they crack, and break. When a dentist fixes the tooth or teeth without looking at the cause of the problem, it can affect other teeth and cause them to wear. It can cause you to have headaches, or even joint problems.
If the teeth do not hit at the same time when you swallow, usually when the joints are in the socket the back teeth hit. To get all the teeth together, the joints have to come out of the socket. If this happens it is called a slide, fulcrum or what I like to call a TEETER TOTTER EFFECT. This slide makes the lower front teeth slam into the back of the upper front teeth. This makes them chip and over time makes them shorter and shorter. This will make you look older than you really are. Making sure that you have a healthy chewing system will keep you looking young, as well as make sure that your teeth, muscles, and joints are healthy.
It does not take a relationship to treat disease but you do need a relationship to help people create health. Less than 1% of all dental patients report that they have ever sat down with their dentist and made a long-term plan for their dental health.
Most dentists react to disease. Because of their training and the way that they have their practice structured, they do not help a patient move to the creative process of moving beyond disease, and into setting goals to sustain long-term health. This type of dentist is not a planner. What this does is keep people moving around the disease cycle, and if they stay in that cycle long enough they will find their mouth in a state of disrepair while going to the dentist every six month. Keep in mind there is nothing magical in having your teeth cleaned every six months. It is what you are doing when you are not at the dental office which makes the most difference.
There are three reasons why people lose their teeth. They are: Tooth Decay, Gum Disease, and Bad Bite. The first two are diseases of choice. You don’t have to have them if you do not want to have them. Bad Bite is the incorrect way that the muscles, joints, and teeth relate to each other. It doesn’t mean crooked or straight teeth, but you need intervention to correct this disease.
A Dental Health Coach (Health Centered Dentist) and his/her team help their patients get beyond disease by identifying the cause of the disease. Plaque is the cause of tooth decay and gum disease and the risk level (host resistance) to the disease, which causes people to lose their teeth. By working with the dental health coaches, a patient can learn how to be effective at removing the causative agent. During a dental visit the patient learns how effective they are at removing plaque. Coaching is done to aid the person who is not as effective as they would like to be. Plaque is measured and charted in a graph form so that from appointment to appointment the patient can view their progress. Adjustments can be made if necessary. Remember that it is what the patient is doing when they are not in the office that will move them closer to health. Helping the patient take control of their own health is what the majority of a health centered appointment looks like. The patient is learning to keep their own teeth cleaned and the dentist or hygienist helps them with spots they may have been less effective. Plaque calcifies and forms tartar on the teeth just 24 to 48 hours after the patient has a professional cleaning. Most people are spinning around in the disease cycle if they are not affective at removing plaque. In effect, patients not being effective at removing the cause of disease, have clean teeth for 4 days out of the year, if they are going to a dental visit for “CLEANING”. Are you wondering why they have need for repair so much, while going to the dentist every 6 months? For more information please call me at 402-572-8000 or visit my website at www.drtjbolt.com .
Do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Every day has enough trouble of its own. Today or better yet, this moment, is all there is, or all that will ever be. So says, Dr. Henry Cloud in his great book, “The Law of Happiness”. Happy people live in the present moment. They practice “Savoring”. It reduces stress, and as you may know, chronic stress has a profound effect on the degradation of the body and one that I see all the time in people’s dentition. Try present moment living and appreciating those things that you are experiencing in the present. You can do this through being grateful and attentive to those things in front of you right now. Even things that are not pleasant, embrace those things to let them pass.
Living in the present will make your stress go down and your happiness go up
If you suffer from head aches, TMJ, grinding or clenching your teeth, using a night guard will not get to the cause of your problem and in most cases will not give you pain relief. Doctors who use night guards are just trying to help in some way with little to no advanced training in resolving the disease process. Using an appliance called a MAGO (maxillary anterior guided orthotic), by trained doctors, will aid in a diagnosis as to what is causing the pain. Then through using that appliance will get to the issue and eliminate the cause usually through a process of reshaping the teeth, adding white tooth colored filling material to the backs of the upper front teeth and the tops of the lower front teeth. This process is called a coronoplasty and is painless. I see far to often people coming to my office with a night guard to treat TMJ (TMD) head aches, and wear on teeth which is like putting a band aid on a staph infection and hoping the infection will go away because you can’t see it.
The engaged life is a good life. It is important to find our purpose in life at any age of adulthood. I think that if we have not found it yet we can always seek it out. Happy people are always engaged in their life’s purpose. For me it is the practice of dentistry. It is even more than that; it is helping people make a change from a reactive disease orientation to a creative, health orientation. It is really being a “Paradigm Pioneer”. It is helping people see things in a different way than they did before they met me.
Now here is the cool thing that I came upon. When you are fully engaged with an activity that is in alignment with your life’s purpose, time passes by very quickly. Hours are like minutes. There is a term for this coined by a very smart man named Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, who has done extensive research in this area, “FLOW”. “The combination of all these elements causes a sense of deep enjoyment that is so rewarding people feel that expending a great deal of energy is worthwhile simply to be able to feel it.” These elements are doing activities we are doing must be both challenging and the ones that we have the ability to pull off. Here’s the pearl. Dr. Henry Cloud states that as he studied the accounts of people in flow, “The timeliness that these people talk about happens because they have exited earthly experiences and tasted a bit of eternity. Heaven knows no time, and when we are closest to heaven, we know no time either.”
God does not want us to waste our time. He wants us to be whole hearted, to surround ourselves in activities that we use our diligence, giftedness, and self-control. When we are connected to our life purpose we are involved in activities that do all these things and obtain that FLOW. It is a great place to be.
In 1334 BC the average life expectancy was 25 yrs. It stayed the same for 3000 years and then in 1400 AC a person might live to 30. By 1800 AC the probability increased to a whopping 37 years. Fast forward 100 years to 1900 AC and now you might live to be 47 years. Things really improved in the next 100 years so in 2000AC where the average life expectancy was 77 years. Now we have a problem in that when Social Security was started a large portion of the population never lived to the age where they could collect benefits. There was plenty of money to go around. People are living longer today.
It’s 2012 and people reaching 70 years are the new 50. 100 could be the new 70. Of course genes, lifestyle, ability to chew and eat, plays a factor in longevity. How long are you planning to live?
It is one thing to increase a person’s lifespan but what is their quality of life going to be? People are seeking age reversing medical and dental care in record numbers.
How will you spend the remaining years of your life? It could be struggling through each day or enjoying a wonderful day with a good quality of health. It all starts with some preplanning. It starts with finding health care providers and not just disease care specialists. It is finding health coaches in the creative orientation and not just providers taking care of disease. It starts with setting goals and having someone care enough about you to help you be accountable to what you say that you wanted. Now these providers are hard to find since the majority in doctors are favoring the reactive disease care mode, but health care providers are out there. It depends if you want to be in control of your health or you want your disease to take control of you. Dean Ornish MD said, “Take time for your health today or you will be forced to take time for your disease later.”
To create health you can’t take it for granted. You have to be part of the process. It makes good sense for you to take care of yourself, since you may be around for a long time as the above statistics are showing us. If you are spinning around in the disease cycle and would like to get on a different path and would like more information on health coaches please give me a call at 402-572-8000, or check out my website at www.drtjbolt.com
In this time of economic down turn even though I don’t see much of this going on in Omaha compared to other city’s across the country, concern on making good spending decisions run higher than normal. In making these decisions sometimes health is put on the back burner. This many times causes more problems than it prevents because in dentistry the cue that something is wrong is pain. Pain is the last stage of the disease process. I also hear a great deal with new patients coming into the office that they waited because they did not have dental insurance. Let’s talk for a minute what dental insurance is and is not. Dental insurance is not like medical insurance in that there are no tables to determine when a person is most at risk to dental disease unlike with the rest of the body. Statistics can determine how many people are most susceptible at a certain age for heart attacks, strokes, diabetes etc and tables are determined so that Insurance companies can set tables to determine costs. Dental Insurance is a prepaid program with limitations to the amount the insurance company can pay out to each policy holder in any given year. To complicate the issue they have procedures that they pay very well for and those that they don’t. Many times there is no guarantee that they will pay at all. The important thing to note is that in 1971 General Motors had the first dental insurance plan, and at that time, they had a maximum pay out for one year at $1000. Today even though the premiums are a great deal higher, most plans average $1000. Now with the cost of inflation it should be at least a payout of $3,500 per year. Dental insurance bought a great deal of dental care in 1971 with very few limitations, but today as you can see, it’s a completely different story. People are being misled that if they have dental insurance that all is well. Those that I have seen who have not had an examination for some time, seem to have this expectation that since they have dental insurance now that they will get healthy. Depending on their state of health there is not enough benefit in their plan to get them beyond disease and back to health. Many times if a patient is waiting for a new maximum per year because they have exhausted the dollars for that particular year they could be getting further and further behind THE GOOD NEWS IS PREVENTION AND FOLLOWING A SYSTEM OF HEALTH INSTEAD OF PUTTING OUT FIRES IN DISEASE CARE. Dental disease is a disease of choice.
The protection that one has against expensive dental bills is PREVENTION. How does one prevent dental disease? There are three reasons why people lose their teeth. They are, tooth decay, gum disease, and bad bite. The first two reasons, tooth decay and gum disease in most cases are diseases of choice. They are caused by acids that coat the teeth, eating away at everything it sits on. Understanding what you can do to remove this acid is the key to prevention.
People are not born with this knowledge, and having a dental team that is skilled in coaching techniques, partnering with you to help you take control is the secret to recession proofing your mouth. To many people leave their health to fate or luck, and this is very sad. Just going to the dentist is not good enough. It is what you are doing out of the office that is what will keep you healthy. The key is finding the right team for not all dental offices is skilled at prevention. The practice team must be designed with the intention of helping people be healthy, for the alternative is an office team designed to fix disease. There are two fundamentally different positions philosophically The way to tell what office you are in is if the discussion with you is future focused on where you see yourself 10 years from now looking at causes of disease or is the office team just interested in fixing the problem with no discussion on how it happened and what to do to prevent it in the future.
Knowing how to prevent dental disease being coached to meet your goals is the key to recession proofing your mouth For more information you can visit my website at www.drtjbolt.com.
There is a difference that must be understood between a disease and an illness. A disease is a pathology which a doctor diagnoses from the problem that the patient presents with. An illness is the personal experience of the disease. This takes into account the entire person including their attitudes, feelings, thoughts, and values that surround the disease. This reflects and often defines the disease.
Those doctors that are trained and see themselves as teachers and not just treaters will spend time in a participative role asking questions and helping their patients understand the difference between these two domains. In a busy disease care clinic unfortunately this will never happen. Knowing this difference is enlightening to the patient. It is essential for the growth of the patient and will ease the effects of disease itself.
In 1975 there were a group of people who were not satisfied the way that people were being treated in the medical model. Doctors were treating patients differently than what had preciously been practiced. It seemed as if they were taking the Art out of Medicine and just making it all about the Science. These people formed a group and wrote a small book called The Dimensions of Humanistic Medicine. This group was not around when the first Private Care Conference in 1995 got together in Scottsdale Arizona presented and hosted by The Schuster Center for Professional Development. At that time 300 dentists from all over the United States got together and formed a Creed that has been lived by many dentists over the years. The Creed was formed from the group from 1995 under the premise that people longed for the Art in Medicine. It was also believed that over the last seventy years that the Art had gradually been taken away. In 1995 we believed that this is true. It was also believed that Medicine has helped people physically, but it has not satisfied some other essential human needs. They are: A need for personal recognition, compassion, choice, and self determination.
I am happy to report that even though this Private Care Community of Commitment has not met for a long time, there is still passion for the Creed that we formed, and is practiced by many dentists and physicians still today. Almost twenty years these principles are being lived out in the form of Health Centered Philosophies where people are given the respect that they deserve by seeing the whole person and not just body parts. There are health care providers who are willing to take the time to listen to their patients and to from a partnership with them to help their patients to take control of their health instead of just allowing them to leave it to fate or luck.
I am excited to get together with a committed group of doctors this September 13-15, 2012 in Boulder Colorado where we will discuss these very important concepts and create an action plan to see that this Humanistic Style is still preserved and will live on in this dramatic changing time. Stay tuned for more details as this Community impacts the Nation. For more information on this and more see my website at www.drtjbolt.com