Roots Magazine - Slow dentistry

While taking care of others, you should remember to take care of yourself.

Self-care is one of those things that is essential, but we often do not take enough time for it, or feel that we do not have enough time or knowledge. However, taking care of yourself—your body, health and mental well- being—is most important not only in order to feel better but also in order to perform better in the long run and to be able to help others better.

Back pain is one of the most common problems among dental professionals. The results of a study conducted in 2015 showed a 70.0% incidence of back pain among dentists, lower back pain predominating in 47.6% of cases.1 Such findings demonstrate a high prevalence of lower back pain among dental professionals.

Unfortunately, the importance of ergonomic working posture is usually not the focus of dental students and young practitioners. Dr Ali Nankali in his article “Back pain—a clinician’s nightmare” (page 42) empha- sises that many young clinicians are aware of their incorrect posture and positioning, yet they do not know how to correct it: “The lack of confidence does not allow them to challenge their habits on their own, and so they often seek help” and “Many dentists who do not know how to manage back pain try to work in a stand- ing or a different sitting position, which, unfortunately, is reported to lead to more intense pain, especially in the upper and lower back areas”.