In my life I have discovered that things are either getting better or getting worse. Nothing seems to stay the same for long. Some examples of what I’m referring to are health, relationships, spiritual lives, etc. These different aspects of our lives are either growing and becoming stronger, or not growing; and, therefore, becoming weaker. In order for any area of our lives to thrive and grow it is important to have goals in mind and a plan to reach those goals. If any of these areas in our lives are ignored, unfortunately, they slowly start going downhill. I bring up this important thought because in our culture it is easy to feel overwhelmed with the demands we face on a daily basis. Often areas in our lives that we do in fact value such as health can be easily neglected until something goes very wrong. By this point it can either be impossible to get back to normal or cost a small fortune.
Our oral health is no different. This is unfortunately why so many people wake up later in their lives with missing teeth, the inability to chew their food, or feeling self -conscious about their smiles. The good news is that it is never too late to move toward improved health. It all starts with a goal. That goal can look different for each individual person based on what you value most. Some examples of goals for oral health might include to never lose a tooth, stay pain free and able to chew comfortably, have a smile that makes you feel confident, or all of the above. The most important step towards health is choosing a goal or goals that you value most for your dental future. If we can have a future focused mindset with our oral health, I’m confident it will save you time, stress, and financial burdens in the long run.
Once you have a goal of what you want, the next step in successfully reaching that goal is to create a plan. This plan can be as simple as maintaining what you already have, or if years of disease have taken a toll on your oral health the plan may be more complex. This is why I love talking with people as soon as they come to our office. I like finding out what their goals are. It is completely normal to have never thought about them before.
I like to think of myself as a coach to help you achieve your goals so that you can attain what you want with as little dental work, time, and effort as possible. We can then create a step-by-step plan together. This plan can be done at your pace, but once you are done, you will have achieved a level of health that will last. I have seen this play out in so many of our patients’ lives. They don’t have to worry about not being able to chew or ever have to worry about feeling self-conscious about their smile. That is an amazing thing.
Until Next Time,
Will Yoder, DMD