What does our jaw have to do with winning a gold medal? What does your body posture say about you? We take a look at the six best TED Talks for dental professionals
The happy secret to better work – Shawn Anchor
‘If happiness is on the other side of success, your brain never gets there’
We believe we should work hard in order to be happy, but could we be thinking about things backwards? Shawn Anchor considers how it is not necessarily the reality that shapes us, but the lens through which our brain views reality.
As a Harvard student, his friends used to ask him: ‘What does a Harvard student possibly have to not be happy about?’ The key to understanding happiness is embedded in that question, Shawn explains, ‘because what that question assumes is that external worlds are predictive of our happiness levels.’
In this fast-moving and very funny talk, psychologist Shawn Achor argues that, actually, happiness inspires us to be more productive.
The butterfly effect of dental care – Dr Eric Oquinarena
‘When your teeth are not in balance, all your body is not in balance’
A kung fu fighter turned dentist, Dr Eric Oquinarena advocates holistic care. After a painful ankle injury that was healed by a holistic doctor, Dr Oquinarena turned his attention to holistic medicine.
He began to think differently about how to practise dentistry. He asked himself: what is the mouth made for?
In this TED Talk, which often focus on technology, entertainment and design, Dr Oquinarena considers the role of the jaw in daily life, and explains how the dental condition is directly related to posture, muscular tonus, the brain, hormonal balance and much more.
He explains these facts through the experience of a French biathlon athlete who received a gold medal at the Olympic Games after correcting a few problems in her jaw and teeth.
Floss the teeth you want to keep – Nick Crocker
‘About five years ago, my dentist saved my life’
For the last five years, Nick Crocker has been obsessed with the question: how do you change yourself?
For Nick, all began with flossing. The simplest change – something that took 30 seconds every day, with a high incentive (to keep all his teeth) – ended up taking a long time to change. But once it became a habit, Nick began to realise how he could do this with almost every part of his life, from the way he sleeps, to the way he works and exercises and interacts with family and friends.
This talk looks at the little hacks that exist to improve your ability to change.
The hidden power of smiling – Ron Gutman
‘Children smile as many as 400 times a day’
Ron Gutman reviews a range of studies about smiling to reveal surprising results. Did you know your smile can be a predictor of how long you’ll live – and that a simple smile has a measurable effect on your overall wellbeing?
Ron looks at how a smile – an evolutionary contagious behaviour – can increase the levels of dopamine in your brain, make you feel better than chocolate can, improve your marriage, and reduce your overall blood pressure.
What doctors can learn from each other – Stefan Larsson
‘Are we forgetting the patient?’
Ultimately, the healthcare system is about improving health for patients. This needs to be done at a limited, affordable cost.
In this talk, Stefan Larsson looks at quality instead of costs, explaining that, at the moment, going to hospital can be a lottery – a one in 20 risk that a certain type of surgery will go well. A 50% chance a patient will be incontinent at the end of prostate cancer treatment. But it doesn’t have to be that way, Stefan argues. There is hope.
Stefan looks at what happens when doctors measure and share their outcomes on hip replacement surgery, for example, to see which techniques are proving the most effective. Could healthcare get better – and cheaper – if healthcare providers learn from each other in a continuous feedback loop?
Your body language shapes who you are – Amy Cuddy
‘We make sweeping judgements from body language, which can predict life outcomes’
Amy Cuddy begins this talk by asking the audience to change their posture. Learn to tweak this, she says, and it could significantly change the way your life unfolds.
This TED Talk looks at our fascination with body language, and how it affects the way others see us, but also the way we see ourselves.
Social psychologist Amy Cuddy shows how ‘power posing’ – standing in a posture of confidence, even when we don’t feel confident – can affect testosterone and cortisol levels in the brain, and might even have an impact on our chances for success.