Category: Ergonomics

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 […]

How Dentists Can Confront the Two Most Common Occupational Hazards

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Dentists face a number of occupational hazards and other health issues during the course of their careers. These issues can cause financial and physical hardship, as those who suffer from them will inevitably see fewer patients and have shorter careers. While these issues persist in the field of dentistry, there are ways to confront them and mitigate their negative effects.  These […]

Three Things Dental Chairs Do to Make Patients Uncomfortable

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Modern dental chairs have come a long way in terms of design, comfort, cleanability, and new features. Even today, they undergo rigorous testing and design tweaks to make them more comfortable for patients, all while making it easier for dentists and hygienists to comfortably provide treatment. Despite these modern advancements, there are still some issues […]

How the Occlusal Plane is Causing Pain in Dentists

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The occlusal plane, the imaginary plane that is formed by the occlusal surfaces of a person’s teeth when they close their jaw, is well known to anyone who has studied dentistry. But did you know that its importance extends beyond dental treatment? It helps with more than giving a patient a straight, pleasant smile. It can also help prevent musculoskeletal […]

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