Non-attentive to oral hygiene

Busy patients find themselves non-attentive to oral hygiene and periodontal disease control programs.

Life gets complicated during the stressful pursuit of careers and feelings of being overwhelmed by daily agendas.

Daily agendas that include a routine oral hygiene plan reduce your chances of visiting a dentist for emergency dental care.

Basic disease control programs implemented at home by patients are a good way to win the war against periodontal disease.

During World War I, soldiers were engaged in trench warfare, standing in mud and filthy conditions for weeks at a time.

The soldiers constantly under attack were non-attentive to oral hygiene.

The term trench mouth refers to neglect of oral hygiene, also called acute necrotizing ulcerative gingivitis.

Dentists in modern times treat this condition with anti-inflammatory mouth rinses and debridement of the tartar, plaque and infected tissue.

Stress in the lives of patients blurs our focus in reference to what should be done as a part of daily routine.

Necessary routines for sanity and health shoved to the bottom of our agendas do not get done.

Procrastination takes more energy than actually performing an act that resolves a problem.

For this reason dental floss and tools to fight gingivitis remain on the shelf or deep in a drawer for another day.

It is understood what should be done regarding our health but actually following through to resolve a problem is where we win.

You will hear motivational speakers tell you to get out of your own way to succeed at what you do.

They are simply telling you to allow the normal process of your life plan to unfold.

To reach your full potential follow the plan that has been set for your life.

If no plan exist, develop one that optimizes who you are in this moment.

Simple actions that keep you moving forward in life are a very good starting point.

You generate momentum working from a position ‘in this moment I can be all that I can be’.

Use the Law of Relativity to exist free from the judgment of others.

In being who you are there is no comparison or measuring stick against what is perceived as competition.

You decide what life will be and set out to achieve with measurable and specific actions from those decisions.

Don’t allow a stressful encounter to be the reason you become non-attentive to oral hygiene.

From the Diary of my enlightenment,

A.L. Clark, D.D.S.


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I am a dentist in the Kansas City, MO. area willing to help in the world where dental health care is needed and appreciated. To date we have established a dental clinic in Israel and evaluated the healthcare delivery system in Havana Cuba. Serving my community at this time as a photo journalist also.

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