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!