Oral Health

By Amita Khurana, BSc Honours, Hotel Business Owner, Director, Practitioner, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, UK

A few months ago, after a gap of several years, I decided to go to the dentist for an oral checkup. I wanted to go have my teeth checked and polished, as I had changed the way I was living and taking care of myself.

During my visit I was advised I had gum disease, as my gums were bleeding and quite tender. My dentist advised me to use a particular mouthwash twice a day, but not at the same time as I brushed my teeth.

Whilst I was having my teeth cleaned, I remembered a presentation I had heard from Universal Medicine where there was a mention of bleeding gums and that energetically this was a sign of disregard. This was a great wake-up call for me to reflect on where I was being disregarding in my life and for how long had I been like this, including avoiding going to the dentist. In that moment I decided to make a change; I listened to my dentist’s advice and on the way out booked another appointment for a follow-up. I purchased the mouthwash and medicated toothpaste.

For the next month and a half I was committed to brushing my teeth twice a day and then later following up with a mouthwash. Within a few weeks I could see the difference – the tenderness was fading and the bleeding had diminished. One and a half weeks later I started to become lazy and to not follow up with the mouthwash. After missing a few days and weeks of doing this, the bleeding started to return and I realised I was falling into a pattern of disregard again. I was able to register this and went out and bought some more mouthwash and re-started my commitment. I could soon start to see and feel the change.

My three-month follow up appointment arrived. I was open and honest and shared how I had become lazy with my mouthwash after a month and a half, and only restarted again a few weeks ago. However, I was able to share that the tenderness had reduced and my gums were not bleeding as much.

My dentist had a look and gave my teeth another clean and polish; she shared that my teeth had actually improved more than she would have expected for the condition they were in at my first visit. She also shared that whatever I was doing at home I needed to keep it up, and that by my next three-month visit my gums should have stopped bleeding.

This was a great moment of appreciation, that I had taken responsibility for my oral health and was committed to making a change in the way I was living, to no longer be disregarding of myself and my mouth. My mouth reflected just how quickly we can turn things around if we choose to: I made a choice to take responsibility for my oral health, and now my teeth feel and look lovely and clean, allowing me to share my beautiful smile.

This has also supported me in other areas of my life, as I reflect back on how I used to live, such as eating on the move and not stopping to nourish my body. I used to not prepare my food but just grab what was available. Now I make time to feel what my body wants to eat and I take time to prepare my food. This is more nourishing to my body.

I have also started to take more responsibility in organizing my wardrobes and chest of drawers. Working with regards towards my clothes feels so much more lovingly supportive as I gently put them away and I can feel this again when I go to choose what I am going to wear for the day.

Taking responsibility for my oral health has benefitted not just my teeth and gums but many other areas of my life – a small change can have a big effect!

 

Read more:

  1. Responsibility and Dental Health 
  2. Tooth Wisdom 
  3. My teeth and what they have taught me

 

 

520 thoughts on “Oral Health

  1. Whenever we turned something around like this, it is a time for appreciation… every time we appreciate ourselves in this way it lays another foundation within us for reconnection and eventually self-love.

  2. What I am so loving about this is the simplicity and innocence of having a go at a renewed commitment, and it simply confirms itself in its result. It’s just very simple, yet feels so refreshing as I am very aware of how the mind often wants to complicate things, being clever, to sabotage what is so blindingly obvious choices.

  3. Everything is everything, and how we look after our teeth may seem like a small responsibility but it 1) is reflective of our overall relationship to ourselves and 2) has a huge impact on us, because as you’ve shared in disregarding this area we can actually cause disease and other problems too.

  4. It is a great wake up call when our gums start bleeding, even in the smallest of areas as it is a sign that we are not looking after ourselves fully, and it is amazing how quickly they respond to a loving commitment of care as you have described.

  5. Disregard is very tempting as it usually means not doing something or to do something that is physically more convenient at the moment, but we do end up paying that piper and very substantially so. We also miss out on a lot of fun as being in disregard is being a lot less than who we are.

  6. We’re sold the idea that the key to our health and wellbeing is found in expensive diets and treatments but actually it’s all much simpler: we hold the keys to our own health and wellbeing, and it’s the small and simple choices, committed to over time, that make the biggest difference.

  7. It is interesting to observe how we often wait for an affliction in our bodies before we do actually stop and reflect on how we are living and make the necessary adjustment to return to a greater state of well-being, when in fact our body is always asking us to honor the truth it communicates to us of how we are living so that we can continually refine our livingness to support us to evolve.

  8. Sometimes we need signs from our body to nudge us into looking deeper into how we are living and see them as an opportunity to deepen our relationship with ourselves and our level of tenderness and care in how we treat and hold our whole body providing the nurturing and nourishment that is needed.

  9. The care that we bring to our mouth and to our body has such a huge ripple effect in all our relationships and the situations we find ourselves. For most brushing the teeth is a twice, if not thrice, a day ritual so bringing love and care to this activity can so easily support us in all others. I used to be very hard with the toothbrush and have worn away my gums as a result. Now I know I do not have to try with zeal to keep my mouth clean and to preserve my teeth, in fact it is the complete opposite, I need to be gentle, even tender with myself and allow any tension to release before I even start to bring the brush to my mouth. Brushing our teeth can be a moment to connect more deeply rather than a time when we go on automatic pilot just because this is such a regular and frequent supposedly non-event.

  10. I agree Amita, a small change can have a big effect. I too have made changes to my oral health over the last few years and my gums have made a significant recovery from the condition they were in. Each time I go to the dentist now I recommit to refining how I take care of my teeth and gums and I enjoy how supportive and nurturing this feels.

  11. I so love how you are so practical and simple in the way you approach and explore things, it is very inspiring.

  12. It’s interesting that if we don’t address the pattern of behaviour it is all too easy to slip back into it, as you found with your bleeding gums.

  13. It’s great how when we bring more care and love to one area of our life, as you did with your dental care, it ripples out to other areas of life too, as with your wardrobe and chest of drawers.. and gently the love and care builds.

  14. I agree Amita, a small change can have a big effect, when we stay in the consistency of ‘doing’ what we have changed. It is the loving quality we bring to it, the attention we give ourselves whether it is making our bed in the morning or using mouthwater does not reallly matter. (Well in your case it needed to be mouthwater)

  15. It is amazing how by bringing our full loving care and attention to one area of our lives, how other areas also begin to benefit. By changing the pattern and committment of how we do one thing, we can and do actaully change the way we approach so many other things we do without even trying, which brings enormous benefits on many levels.

  16. I feel that so many of us avoid dental care because we do not have a dentist to go to that we trust, I feel it is so important to have a dentist that is gentle with our mouths and supports us to put in good dental hygiene between appointments.

  17. I can relate so well to this pattern of committing to something for a while and then letting it go again, I committed to flossing my teeth regularly only to have read this blog and realised that I have let this go, or rather I realised I had stopped flossing and read this blog to inspire me to re-commit to caring for my teeth. I love the point you make about consistency as it is this consistent care that supports us to be aware of where we are not bringing the same quality in so many more areas of our lives.

  18. When we lovingly make a commitment to ourselves to look after our teeth it doesn’t take long for our body to respond, and a great reminder too that we can take this commitment to other areas of our life.

  19. How much time I allot to cleaning my teeth is reflective of how I have been before that and a great marker of my choices.

  20. When we take care of the finer details in looking after ourselves the body responds and we initiate huge change to the way in which we are living and appreciating ourselves.

  21. Amita I love the practical presentation of your blog. Bringing Love and new ways to the body is as simple as committing and I agree changes are quick to appear. If there is a lack of change this is an awesome tip for me to re-asses my intention when starting out.

  22. I find that when I start to bring more attention to one area of my life or body, it has a knock on effect that naturally has me wanting to re-assess another area etc. It’s a lovely and super supportive cycle to be in.

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