Category: Ergonomics

How Dental Professionals Can Mitigate Trigger Point Pain

Trigger points among dental professionals are common due to numerous risk factors, including mental stress, sustained muscle contraction, lack of movement, repetitive motions, poor body mechanics and ergonomics, and poor posture and body symmetry. Trigger points are among the most misunderstood sources of pain, but they are also one of the most common in dental […]

How Musculoskeletal Issues Affect Dental Hygienists

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There are troubling numbers in the dental industry when it comes to pain management and musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) in dental hygienists. Research shows that MSDs are one of the most common causes of workplace-related injuries, making up over 30 percent of total cases. The same research notes that about 92 percent of all dental professionals […]

Optimal Positioning for Dental Patients

When it comes to treating dental patients, positioning is everything. It not only determines whether the patient is comfortable, proper patient positioning also allows dentists and hygienists greater access to treatment areas with significantly less effort. This enables you, the dental operator, to work without discomfort and lower the chances of musculoskeletal issues from occurring.  Is there a right […]

Common Musculoskeletal Issues in Dentists and Their Causes

Dental professionals are all too familiar with musculoskeletal issues. Studies have shown that more than 62% of dentists reported at least one musculoskeletal complaint, with 30% being chronic complaints, 16% having spells of absence, and having 32% sought medical care for their complications. These types of issues are one of the top reasons for early retirement, reduced patient […]

3 Ways to Reduce Pain When Treating Dental Patients

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Many dental professionals simply consider pain and discomfort a part of their careers, but it doesn’t have to be this way. While treating more than a dozen patients a day results in pain, stress, and various musculoskeletal issues, there are ways to reduce the pain and discomfort dental providers experience on a day-to-day basis.  Unfortunately, many dental […]

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