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DENTAL SCIENCE - REVIEW ARTICLE
Year : 2015  |  Volume : 7  |  Issue : 6  |  Page : 393-397

Posturedontics: How does dentistry fit you?


1 Department of Public Health Dentistry, Yenepoya Dental College, Deralakatte, Mangalore, India
2 Department of Public Health Dentistry, SGT University, Gurgaon, Haryana, India
3 Department of Prosthodontics, Yenepoya Dental College, Deralakatte, Mangalore, India
4 Department of Conservative Dentistry and Endodontics, Yenepoya Dental College, Deralakatte, Mangalore, India
5 Department of Oral Pathology, Yenepoya Dental College, Deralakatte, Mangalore, India

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Praveen S Jodalli
Department of Public Health Dentistry, Yenepoya Dental College, Deralakatte, Mangalore
India
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/0975-7406.163463

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Dentists are at high risk for musculoskeletal disorders (MSD's) due to their work. MSD's is an umbrella term for number of injuries affecting different parts of the body, including joints, muscles, tendons, nerves that can arise from sudden exertion or making the same motions repeatedly. These injuries can develop over time and can lead to long-term disability. Dental professional often develop musculoskeletal problems due to bad working habits, uncomfortable physical posture causing unnecessary musculoskeletal loading, discomfort and fatigue. Ergonomic principles when it is applied, it will help to reduce stress and eliminate many potential injuries and disorders associated with the overuse of muscles, bad posture, and repeated tasks. This can be accomplished by using a proper dental chair, lighting and the selection of ergonomically-friendly equipment to fit the dental professionals physical capabilities and limitations. This review addresses about the basics of ergonomics, positioning, viewing, handling, and prevention of MSD's.


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