- Develop an understanding of mood disorders and their impact on oral health
- Generate science-based mental well-being strategies including psychotherapy, app technology and yoga
- Build mental health resources resulting in referral and support for patients, colleagues…and yourself!
An acknowledgment of the impact of mental well-being of both dental professionals and their patients has been growing and accelerated even more in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. The World Health Organization estimates that 1 in 4 people deal with mental health issues world-wide…and the numbers are growing. According to recent trends, people have become more accepting of mental conditions, reducing the negative stigma in the process. Despite this, many people continue to fear sharing their condition with others. In turn, this further promotes neglect and general lack of understanding regarding mental health. Dental healthcare providers are in a unique position assist patients (and themselves) in understanding the basics regarding mental health. This interactive session will introduce attendees to foundational information and science regarding mental health and well-being.