April A to Z Blogging Challenge 2019 : Theme Reveal : The Mouth-Body Connect

Many bloggers around the world wait to participate in the A to Z Blogging Challenge held in April every year.  For me, this is the third year I am participating in the A to Z Blogging Challenge -  26 posts every day of April, except Sundays.

I first participated in 2014 where I covered an A to Z of Dental Health and Education topics. 
I next participated in the year 2018, where my theme was Wanderlust and I covered an A to Z list of places I’ve visited around the world.

While I’m still working on all my posts, this year my theme will be “The Mouth-Body Connect.” Soon after I joined dental school, I started to see how our mouth can affect our entire body and vice versa. But it was only after working independently that I realized how patients still needed to be educated about this. It is commonly known that our mouth is the gateway to our body. Many systemic illnesses are first presented in the mouth. Very often dentists are the first diagnosticians of systemic diseases by studying the…

Does Grief Last Forever?

“In our hearts, we all know that death is a part of life. In fact, death gives meaning to our existence because it reminds us how precious life is.”
15 years ago on 20th March, I lost my Dad at age 54. Somewhere unconsciously we knew this could happen but we were not prepared. Can you ever be prepared to lose a spouse or parent? My Dad had always suffered from heart ailments like the rest of his family and we were prewarned by his doctors that he needed to take care. My Mom spent her entire married life until my Dad was alive, under the stress of his health and diet. I still remember the day it happened as if it were yesterday and can play the entire day of events scene by scene. While everyone around my mom and me coped with the grief in their own ways that I am unaware of, my mom and I spent many many months depressed and trying to put back the pieces of life together. While we did eventually move on and get back on track, the grief never really left us. 15 years on, it still lingers…

Trust the unfolding of your life

“Meet this transient world with neither grasping nor fear, trust the unfolding of life, and you will attain true serenity."

Bhagavad Gita

Last year, while in the midst of making some life-altering decisions, The Secret by Rhonda Byrne found me. The timing as always was perfect. While my head was muddled with all that was unfolding around me, I started to read The Secret which had been sitting patiently, untouched in my bookshelf for a decade. What I learned over the course of the next few days was something that I had been dabbling with the last couple of years but had never been able to channel it effortlessly. The Secret gave me the understanding that was needed, at the time I required it the most in my life. 
Even according to metaphysics, everything that we desire is out there in the formless matter. Our financial, physical and relationship needs exist within a higher dimension. To bring them to life mean aligning the frequency of the formless energy. So our thoughts, beliefs …

What Influences Your Life?

You don't have to be a "person of influence" to be influential.  In fact, the most influential people in my life are probably not even aware of the things they have taught me ~ Scott Adams
While many people are inspired by the famous and powerful people of our times, for me it's all about the people who come into my life and leave their mark in some way or another. Everyone who we meet and interact with teaches us something. That interaction may be positive or negative, but has a lesson for us to learn. And by teaching us these lessons, the influencers are shaping us into the person we have become or the person we want to be. 
Many influencers have come into my life. They probably don't even know how they helped me or that they have helped me at all. But today I am grateful that our paths crossed. Here they are listed in chronological order.
Parents: My parents were the first influencers I had just like everyone else and they continue to be even today. I lost my da…

Nurture Your Dreams

Last year a beautiful book The Secret by Rhonda Byrne found me. Though I had bought the book over ten years ago, it lay in my bookshelf waiting for the right moment to come to me. A book about dreaming, nurturing your dreams, manifesting them and making them come true for you. Dreaming is something we do all the time. Stare into the oblivion and fantasize about how our lives could be different, the new things we'd like to experience and the new people we would like to meet. Some of us go a step forward and write about these fantasies or draw and color them. We all have dreams, but it's not always that we talk about them and share them with others. It's only when we feel more secure and confident, do we share these dreams with people close to us. Is it possible for dreams to really come true? I'll say YES! But to a skeptic, its a long shot! These simple steps help to nurture your dreams and make them come true. Think Positive: We are truly capable of creating a life that w…

In Pursuit of Serenity

God give us the grace to accept with serenity the things that cannot be changed, courage to change the things that should be changed and wisdom to distinguish one from the other.
A while ago, whilst trying to wash off the troubles I routinely face at work, by reading a light humorous novel, I found my mind anxious and restless, unable to switch off. A lingering irritation which I carried home from work refused to let go. As I lay there, staring quite uselessly at the words in from of me, I kept replaying the incident in my mind over and over again. The chirpy squeals of laughter from the kid's room didn't make me smile like it would normally do. Instead, it increased my annoyance. I was close to charging in there to ask them to hush up, when I thankfully stopped and wondered what their mistake was really? 
This made me think - how far do I have to go in the pursuit of serenity? Serenity seems to be the elusive state of calm that belongs solely to the Yogis and the Monks, despe…

Do You Believe In Miracles?

Miracles are signs of God's particular grace to his people in particular circumstances.
Miracles are things that happen in response to a prayer or desire to connect with God. Their timing or mechanism defies normal scientific reasoning and show us that there is something special out there. 
I have often pondered on the deeper meaning of life, soul, our entire universe and being - time and again. The magnanimity of the entire concept gets overwhelming almost every time I think about it. Off late books like the Gita, The Fakir, The Secret and books in which people share the miracles experienced by them, have been helping answer a lot of my questions. These stories give me goosebumps, but also bring with it a sense of hope, peace and contentment. 
Why does a miracle have to have a scientific reason? Could it not just be your prayer being answered by God? The validity of miracle has been a controversy between faith and science since the beginning of time. As a person with a science ba…

Forgiveness - A Virtue Or A Vice?

God forgives us.......who am I not to forgive? ~ Alan Paton
How often have you felt anguished by someone? Betrayed to the extent that forgiveness seems impossible?
How often do you feel consumed by thoughts and feelings of anger and resentment? At a loss of your inner peace and calm?
How often do you wish, you could just let go, but the wound runs too deep for healing?
These are challenges faced by every single human being on a daily basis. Humans are complex characters. Sometimes we hurt others and at times we are hurt by others, but both situations cause us to suffer. Forgiving can be challenging, especially when the offending party offers an insincere apology or nothing at all. However, it is the healthiest path forward, allowing us to acknowledge the wound, understand the perspective behind the offending action or words and process our emotions in non-hurtful ways. It is also important to take responsibility for our own mistakes and apologize.
Forgiveness is considered as one of the ca…

Love Anthony by Lisa Genova - Book Review

Olivia Donatelli's dream of a "normal" life shattered when her son, Anthony, was diagnosed with autism at age three. He didn't speak. He hated to be touched. He almost never made eye contact. And just as Olivia was starting to understand that happiness and autism could coexist, Anthony was gone.
Now she's alone on Nantucket, desperate to find meaning in her son's short life, when a chance encounter with another woman brings Anthony alive again in the most unexpected way. In this insightful story about autism and love, Lisa Genova offers us the extraordinary voice of a nonverbal boy with autism, a voice that guides two women to discover the universal truth that connects us all.
Love Anthony takes place on Nantucket Island, which remains a tourist hub during the warmer months and empty - except for the locals - during the cold winter months.
Olivia, who has just lost her 8 year old autistic son, Anthony, has moved to Nantucket after separating from her husba…

A Milestone Along Our Path Together - Happy 10th!

Looking back, ours has been nothing less than a Bollywood story with all the spicy masala. A typical saga of boy meets girl, boy falls in love with girl, boy woos girl and then the whole family drama that follows. Throw into this the long distance, a break up and right there you have yourself a blockbuster.

Life has shown me today, that people come into our lives for a reason. It could be to get us through a difficult time, to help us meet other people or to teach us a lesson or two. But there is always a reason. It took me a long time to realise this and this is how I met my husband....Arun.
My best friend at dental school introduced us. What came as a surprise was that I had been travelling in the same bus and train as him for about 2 years and we had seen one another almost everyday though we had never spoken. Then I stopped travelling by train and forgot all about him. But as fate would have it, in my final year of dental school very casually my friend introduced us saying "…

What Does Your Dentist Have To Do With Sleep Apnea

Our sleep impacts every aspect of our health and daily life. Sleeping well helps us look, feel and perform our best. But a sleeping disorder can be detrimental to our health and well-being. One of the most common sleeping disorders is Obstructive Sleep Apnea.

Dentists are often the earliest diagnosticians of sleep disorders. The first sign of sleep apnea is often tooth grinding.Dentists look for worn tooth surfaces, a sign that a patient grinds his or her teeth.

At night when you aren't breathing like you should while sleeping because of obstructive sleep apnea, your body will often try to compensate for this restriction by tensing your jaw and grinding your teeth, thus sending a message to your brain to wake up so you can take a breath. Tooth grinding also leads to other oral issues like wearing of teeth, sensitivity to hot and cold and gum recession.

Grinding is just one oral health sign of sleep apnea.Your dentist is also looking for other signs like a small jaw, tongue with scall…

Paradise Towers by Shweta Bachchan Nanda - #Book Review

Dinesh opens the door to the Kapoor flat to find Lata, the enchantress who works at Mrs Aly Khan’s, carrying a hot case with freshly made gaajar ka halwa. On the first floor, the inquisitive Mrs Mody wipes the dust off her precious binoculars to spy on the building’s security guard. The Singhs open the doors of their SUV, their four boys creating a ruckus – they are the newcomers, the outsiders. Through the peephole, the ever-watchful Mrs Ranganekar observes their arrival. Welcome to Paradise Towers, an apartment building in central Mumbai. Everyone here has a story to tell. Or maybe they have stories to hide. Shweta Bachchan-Nanda’s quirky, intimate debut explores the intertwined lives in this building – a forbidden romance, an elopement, the undercurrents of tension in corridor interactions and an explosive Diwali celebration. Bachchan-Nanda’s is a dazzling voice that will draw you into the intoxicating, crazy world that is Paradise Towers.
Paradise Towers is a book set in a posh…