7 Best Practices to Protect Your Health & Your Career

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As many clinicians can attest, the field of dentistry can have great physical demands. The impacts of the small movements that dental professionals make while treating patients can accumulate over time and lead to musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs), injuries and early retirement.

Ergonomics in Dentistry: 7 Best Practices to Protect Your Health & Your Career

In this guide, Dr. Joy Void-Holmes, a registered dental hygienist, educator and published author, discusses a variety of go-to strategies to protect clinicians’ health and careers.

The do’s and don’ts of patient and clinician seating and positioning.

The proper use of lighting and magnification to avoid eye strain.

How to choose ergonomically-designed hand instruments, including techniques for applying appropriate pressure and maintaining proper sharpness.

Operatory design tips to ensure optimal efficiency for daily operations.

Simple steps for incorporating a safety-centric culture into your practice.

Contributing Author:

Dr. Joy D. Void-Holmes is a registered dental hygienist with over 25 years of clinical experience. She holds a Master of Health Science with a concentration in Forensic Investigative Science and a Doctor of Health Science degree from Nova Southeastern University. She is the founder of Dr. Joy, RDH™ and co-founder of JELL-ED. Dr. Joy has presented continuing education courses nationally and internationally. She serves as a Consultant Examiner for the CDCA-WREB examining board, board member for the Maryland State Board of Dental Examiners and is on the editorial advisory board for Inside Dental Hygiene and clinical advisory board for vTail. Dr. Joy is an active member of the American Academy of Dental Hygiene, American Dental Hygienists’ Association, and the Maryland Dental Action Coalition.

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