Dr. Ken Larsen
When I entered Dental School in 1961 the dental profession was not able to meet the needs of our population. Dental disease (tooth decay and gum disease) were progressing more rapidly than the ability of the profession to repair the damage.
The lightbulb came on as many of us started to think about, talk about and work toward understanding the causes of dental disease so we could get ahead of the problem by preventing the disease. How many dentists does it take to treat a disease that has been prevented?
As a profession, we shifted our focus from chasing the effects of disease, to understanding and dealing with the causes.
People still suffered from dental disease, but more and more people began to understand that disease was optional, not inevitable.
As you may have noticed, changing habitual behavior patterns is not easy. Our efforts have largely paid off for those of our patients who accept their responsibility to learn to control the causes of their disease.
You may wonder why I’m talking about dental health in a blog about mental health.
Many of us are undergoing the shift from chasing mental illness to promoting mental health. This involves working to understand what causes the loss of mental health and learning to change our behavior to follow more healthy patterns of living.
Some are telling us that changes in brain chemistry are what causes mental illness. Some are looking more at the kinds of things we each can do to stay healthy, including learning and practicing more effective ways to live, love, and relate to one another. The research for the causes of mental diseases and illnesses continues.
However, the good news is that there is no need to wait in order to take immediate action and receive an immediate pay off for your personal Mental Health & Happiness.
Just like with your dental health, if you will accept personal responsibilities NOW by meeting your genetic needs for love, power, fun, freedom and safety, you will experience an immediate improvement in your Mental Health & Happiness.
Happily, there are now lots of ideas and suggestions to this end. Please read any and all of our blogs. Sign up and start receiving Mental Health & Happiness challenges for support and help. And there is even more readily available now on the world wide web.