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

 

 

530 thoughts on “Oral Health

  1. Not only the turn around in oral health but the confidence to share your lovely smile and self with others, very inspirational.

  2. I have been experimenting with different toothpastes rather than just using the same old one, or being in fear of painful sensitive teeth, I am quite liking a fluoride free one just at the moment, it feels much more gentle.

  3. This commitment to a rhythm of looking after your teeth and yourself Amita is a great example of the small details we can ignore or pay more attention to. Then it becomes very obvious to notice when we drop the detail in one area, we drop the care for ourselves throughout all areas, the tiny details really do matter.

  4. Isn’t it amazing that our oral health, weight or wellbeing can be transformed in just a month and a half of taking better care of ourselves. When we receive a marker like bleeding gums or putting on weight we often go into self-loathing, criticism and then sabotage, spending more months and potentially years in disregard when we could commit to just a month or two of true change and this could transform our whole relationship to our body.

  5. I have to throw my hands in the air as when I first read this blog I said to myself I need to make an appointment with the dentist but still haven’t, so reading this again has been a wake up call to do it this time. Besides my teeth are stained from drinking too much rooibos.

  6. It is so beautiful Amita that you can deeply appreciate the responsibility you took to make self loving choices. What you have shared is inspiring, thank you.

  7. A great example of medicine working in conjunction with the esoteric to offer true healing. Medicine, in this case mouthwash, is a necessary part of our healing but can only go so far. The esoteric and looking at the energetic side of it, takes it to the root cause and with a combination of the two, full healing can occur.

  8. Being willing to commit and dedicate yourself to care for the little things is so worth it as the impulse expands and we start to bring care to other areas in our life. Our body feels truly supported and responds immediately to restore balance and harmony.

  9. Having tidy drawers makes an entire room feel completely different and much more spacious. It’s one of those things that might not change the way an exterior looks, but completely changes the flow, order and ease of living in that space.

  10. I have also experienced the same thing, over the last year my level of care with my teeth has deepened considerably and on a recent visit last week to the dentist they had dramatically improved. What changed for me was my choice to value myself and be far more self-loving, to dedicate quality time to brushing and flossing every day and I now appreciate how our body naturally responds the more we are willing to take responsibility.

  11. I love the impact on my whole body of taking care of my oral hygiene, not just physiologically but also as a quality in my relationship with myself that then touches everything and everyone else in my life.

  12. Small changes = big effect. This beautifully shows that there is no need for us to go into feeling overwhelmed by the apparent size of the changes we feel we need to make. One step at a time.

  13. It’s amazing that when we start to take care of one area of our health, other areas of our life can transform. The care we take with one little thing becomes a natural way that spills over into everything else.

  14. What is even more amazing Amita is that you turned around a condition that was happening to your teeth or gums… For most people there is an inevitable slide into decay… So to speak ☺, so what you are writing here can bring inspiration to so many people.

  15. Being consistent in how we care for ourselves does make all the difference, however I know I could not be consistent when I did not care about myself…so how did I shift it…I began to build a relationship with my body, an observation of how I treated it, my breathing, how it felt, from this I built up a care for it, that now is definitely more to do with love and responsibility and now I can be consistent. It is a process of return to our bodies and a relationship with it that really enables us to offer ourselves true care.

  16. Thank you for sharing your story with us Amita, it is interesting how when we commit to bringing loving care into one aspect of our life it soon spills over into other areas as well . I have started to take more care when brushing my teeth, being present with each tooth as I brush I can feel the difference in how my teeth feel.

  17. This is an example of the beginnings of whole body intelligence. Beginning to think, about the impact of the choices we make in each and every day and what impacts that equally has on our bodies and our health. We can see the responsibility of this on a purely practical level such as not having excess fats in our diet etc., but do we choose to see this on a broader and more deeper energetic level?

  18. There is much to be said about consistency, and I find it easier to work with than discipline. I focus on consistency, and building it in my life and you can start with small ways of doing it. I have been building consistency in my life (i.e. always drying the dishes after washing, always making my bed each morning, always shutting drawers in full) and I find when I do that, it supports me to bring in consistency in other ways.

    I have started flossing with those Piksters things, and committed to being consistent with that and have done in every night for the past 2 months. My mouth feels amazing! And I feel the building of being consistent in other ways has helped me stay consistent with my teeth.

    1. Very interesting one – shutting drawers in full. At every moment we have an opportunity to be present with ourselves and with what we are doing.

  19. I love how making 1 little change and commiting to it can have ripple effects on everything else throughout our life. Yet it can be so easy to ignore the subtle so called insignificant things – it shows everything matters.

  20. Reading this I am reminded how much simple but consistent changes support major changes to occur. The key is to appreciate and honour the changes or else it is easy to fall back into habits that don’t support us.

  21. I loved reading your blog Amita and the part that fascinates me is the fact that the body responds so promptly to the way we treat it: ‘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.’

  22. I realize just how important my teeth are now more than ever. As we age it seems our teeth show just how much we have or have not looked after them by their condition in later years. I would like to think I have done enough for my teeth but I can see that this is not so.

  23. I had a similar experience with flossing my teeth, Amita. I used to do it once in a blue moon, and my gums would always bleed. After speaking with a dental nurse about my reluctance to floss, she outlined the reasons for flossing and why it was important. With this understanding I began flossing every day and my gums stopped bleeding after a week or so. Now, after years of flossing every day, if I get that ‘can’t be bothered’ feeling then I know that it’s a sign for me to ask why the level of care for myself has dropped, or if it feels like a chore, then why am I not doing it lovingly when I know it supports me. It’s interesting how some thing seemingly insignificant can show so many things up in the way I’m living and have such tangible impact on me. I’m really appreciating attention to details at the moment -the way I put my clothes away is another interesting one too…

    1. This has been a wake up call to read Laura, as I am an occasional flosser. Actually you mentioning putting away your clothes, this is also one of the first things to fall by the way side if I don’t feel like it or if I’m tired is to not hang my clothes up or floss my teeth. Yet when I do it, it feels amazing and I can feel the commitment to me again and how that affects everything else.

    2. I too find flossing is a good measure of self care, it is one I do most days but not with any pleasure. It is an indication that more care is needed to appreciate the love in such a detail, and why that is so important for my health.

  24. Although this blog is on oral health, it could be covering any manner of factors relating to the human condition. The why questions that crop up on our ability to take care of ourselves or not and our willingness to do so? We know all we need, the key is in the action.

  25. Looking at people’s teeth there are many who have gum disease, I’m not a dentist but you can tell, as the gums are very swollen and red. With the energetic understanding of this being a sign of disregard it shows how most of us are living, skipping sometimes our most basic of needs. Your experience of commitment Amita shows that we can at any time turn it around and regard ourselves, lovingly so.

    1. Aimee I see the sign of bleeding if it creeps back, as that I have let go of the care for myself, I have allowed disregard to creep in. I see it as a good daily marker, where I am with my self. I am not harsh on myself, just constantly checking in.

      1. That’s awesome ladies and it is fascinating how the body responds immediately to how we treat it – as you have proven Amita.

  26. It is certainly worth while maintaining regular dental check-ups (every 6 months) as this is a great opportunity to reassess not just our oral health, but check-in on all other aspects of our health and wellbeing too.

  27. What stands out for me is the fact you were honest with yourself and your dentist about getting lazy. Getting honest is the way we can start to do things differently – so what a huge step. Thanks for sharing and although this is about teeth, as you say it can apply to all areas of life.

  28. It is interesting that you can go to the dentist and be totally on it, but over time you become a little less vigilant. In the past the trips to the dentist were very few and far between, but the more I realise that it is all about responsibility and how I am with myself and look after me, this has now become an enjoyable process of maintaining and nurturing my body.

    1. There is a self-respect and care in this that is very inspiring – it is like ‘of course’ we take care of ourselves… that is how we establish love in our relationships

  29. After reading this post Amita so much has changed in the way I clean my teeth. I now stop before I start and connect to the purpose of what I am doing and focus on being present. I have not nailed this yet as my mind drifts off still at an infuriating frequency but with loving reminders to keep coming back to myself my relationship with teeth cleaning is becoming a joy rather than a burden and a chore. It feels so lovely to care more deeply for my teeth as I have been very aware how much harm I have been doing to my gums with poor dental hygiene over the years.

  30. When we feel the preciousness of ourselves, everything in life changes. No one has to force us, it is simply natural to respond to the call of this preciousness felt and we can’t but care deeply for ourselves.

  31. I have begun to sit down when I brush my teeth, I really have begun to enjoy making space to be really thorough and not miss any bits and not check out while I do it. It feels like great preparation for my day to be aware of these details, I know it provides me with a great start to be aware of details in how I treat my body and other people for the rest of the day.

    1. So have I Samantha and it has made such a difference to the quality I clean my teeth with. Before I was almost anxious to get them clean quickly and it felt like I was always rushing without actual care for my teeth and gums. Sitting down and feeling my body has really supported me to start actually cleaning my teeth. It is no wonder that my dentist has been feeling somewhat disappointed with me all these years.

    2. Absolutely Samantha. Brushing teeth is fun! Even that we learned it as a chore (at least I did as a child), we can turn things around and have our own rituals around it. I too sit down to brush my teeth and I use an app (NHS approved, free) that plays my favourite songs for 2 min (the recommended time for brushing) and brushing my teeth is something I look forward to do! We sometimes have a ‘family party’ whilst brushing our teeth:))

  32. I remember this same experience at my dentist – taking responsibility and the difference it made to my teeth. To be honest – why leave it to dental hygiene?!

  33. The condition of our oral health I understand is a reflection of our internal health too. It is also a reflection of our level of self-care and I feel it really is worth taking care of every part of our body with equal level of attention and detail.

  34. Again interesting to observe how I start to commit to something and after a while other things seem more important, but in the case of the body nothing else should have more priority.

    1. I know what you mean, I have got into this cycle many times with many things in my life, start something and other things seem more important. Something that is a constant evolution for me.

  35. Amita, I love this too; ‘Working with regard 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.’ I really enjoy folding and putting away my clothes in a loving, neat, ordered way, my young son and I love doing this together, he even lovingly pats his clothes as he puts them away, such a small thing and yet so supportive, I find that having a tidy and ordered house feels really supportive for me and my family.

  36. I was determined that after reading your inspiring blog, I would floss my teeth every night… and in fact did so for quite a few. But now coming back to your blog I realise how I have felt this commitment slip and have at times completely forgotten.

  37. It is interesting how attending to greater oral health has spilled over into other areas in your life like your wardrobe, I find that even step like this really affects everything else at the same time.

  38. An everyday thing – brushing our teeth – that can reflect back to us very clearly the quality of our relationship with ourselves and then how with some simple changes we can change so much.

    1. Absolutely, there was a time when I use to brush my teeth as a I thing I had to do, there was no conscious presence of quality in how I was brushing my teeth, that really reflected to me what kind of relationship I had with myself, a very dismissive one. Now I am very aware and with my body as I brush my teeth.

  39. It is such a common pattern to start enthusiastic in changing our self-caring ways but then lose interest after awhile. Consistency is an essential part of turning our disregarding patterns around. It actually feels quite lovely to commit to yourself. It’s also important to appreciate our steps along the way, even if we slip sometimes.

  40. Why is it that many people put near, if not, at the bottom of their list, oral care? I know I did for years and ended up with loads of teeth issues when I did eventually go. Since then I have been going regularly and I realized how irresponsible and disregarding it was to put off going to the dentist all those years. And it cost me loads of money which I would not have had to pay had I cared for them on a regular basis.

    1. It is crazy how we don’t prioritise the care of our teeth , even though we use our mouth all the time and we would really struggle if all our teeth were spoilt and damaged. Yet we still take it in our stride that our teeth can wait, but in truth they can’t wait and should be looked after all the time

  41. It seems to be so common that people take care of their oral health more before and after a visit to the dentist, but makes sense when you consider that how we treat our gums reflects how we regard ourselves.

  42. A brilliant testimony to the impact of our attention and care to detail; the ripple effects of apparently small actions and commitments and how they reconstruct our relationships with ourselves and life.

  43. I wonder about how our disregard in life occurs at the point of what we accept into our lives that is not so self-loving. It can be very literal in terms of foods we take into our mouth which don’t support us or absorbing other’s emotions or life situations.

  44. I’ve found building consistency in care for myself in one area of my life, is an incredible support for when the next area is revealed.

  45. Our body never works in parts – everything relates to everything. It is amazing how our oral health is a complete reflection of the whole.

  46. It is amazing how making one small supportive change can lead to another and another and the care and attention paid in that initial area makes any other area that has been disregarded or a bit neglected stand out.

  47. It’s beginning to be well known the link between how our whole health and the health of our mouth are intrinsically connected. Advice from professional holistic dentists is that poor oral health and Disease is a contributing cause to heart disease and inflammatory conditions within the body. So it makes perfect sense that bleeding gums is a sign of disregard, if we disregard our selves and our sensitivity on a daily basis than that becomes a way of functioning through life rather than living harmoniously.

  48. This is a great reminder that we need to take care of every aspect of our health, and not leave one part of us uncared for, absolute whole body care is the way forward.

    1. Yes it’s the whole body we have to take care of as we move forward, we cannot neglect any parts of our health. As one small part will be an opening to let the body down and cause a knock on effect.

      1. Yeh I love the way you describe this, what if by neglecting one part of our body we are initiating illness and disease and creating an opening that will later have a big effect on our health? If we begin to see that neglecting parts of our health could have consequences we might take our day to day care more seriously.

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