- Identify unique cumulative stress and musculoskeletal disorders that affect dental hygienists
- Incorporate improved ergonomics and stretches into daily life
- Review patient and operator positioning to improve ergonomics and reduce pain
- Assess ergonomic equipment to maintain proper positioning
The dental hygiene profession is at high risk for musculoskeletal disorders (MSD), with 96% of hygienists reporting pain due to clinical work habits. This is due to repetitive movements, bending, twisting, reaching, incorrect operator and patient positioning, and performing repetitive movements in a static posture.
Ergonomics is the science of fitting the working environment to the practitioner, instead of forcing one's body to acclimate to the environment. Practicing proper ergonomics can increase productivity, decrease pain, and lengthen one's career. Allowing the individual to practice pain-free, ergonomics can increase the quality of one's life and work satisfaction.
This course will not only advise on practical ergonomic solutions the hygienist can use in everyday practice but aims to also empower the hygienist to take control of the health of their body. It is crucial for dental hygienists to put themselves first and recognize they only have one body that needs to last a lifetime.
At the conclusion of this course, participants will learn ergonomic techniques, exercises, and equipment choices to allow them to practice pain-free.