5 wellness tips for practicing dentists

1. Schedule an annual physical with your physician. The single most valuable assets in any dental practice are the dentist and the dental team.

2. Rest up. Try to go to bed and wake up at the same time each morning, including weekends. Try creating a bedtime ritual such as reading or taking a hot bath. Do something that signals to you it’s time for bed.

3. Practice good ergonomics. A good, ergonomically designed operatory, along with daily stretching and exercise, can help dental practitioners enjoy a long, healthy career.

4. Get a hobby. One of the best things you can do for yourself is to find something you enjoy doing outside the office to help establish a boundary ritual between work and home.

5. See a professional if needed. Many dentists deal with burnout, substance use disorders and other conditions. If you need help, reach out to your dental school health clinic or physician. You can also receive confidential support from your state’s well-being program at ADA.org/WellBeingHandbook or call the National Suicide Prevention hotline at 1-800-273-8255.

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