Category Archives: Health

Unpopular opinion: It’s not about the dentistry right now

What am I doing to help my practice during this pandemic? I’m drinking great beer and spending some quality time with my loves at home. Really. It’s not about the dentistry right now. Hear me out. I’m heartbroken. My greatest love has been taken away from me. Dentistry is the only thing I’m good at and the only… Read More »

Mindful meditation as a path to reduce stress

Stress and anxiety are daily facts of life for many people, and running or working in a dental practice can be particularly stressful. Mindfulness exercises are designed to focus your awareness on what you’re sensing and feeling without interpretation or judgment, and can help you reduce stress by engaging with the world around you. In addition to stress,… Read More »

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… Read More »

You First: Burnout focus of this year’s health, well-being conference

The ADA Practice Institute’s 2019 Dentist Health and Well-Being Program Conference will take place Aug. 16 at the ADA Headquarters in Chicago. This year’s conference, You First: Management and Prevention of Burnout in Dentistry, features sessions on recognizing and preventing burnout, dealing with the stigma of being a provider with mental health issues, and a questions-and-answers session with… Read More »

Banishing stress and burnout

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality defines burnout as a long-term stress reaction marked by emotional exhaustion, depersonalization, and a lack of sense of personal accomplishment. According to the most recent ADA Dentist Well-Being Survey as many as 75 percent of dentists deal with moderate to severe stress at some point in their careers. Professionals who experience burnout are… Read More »

ADA council, other organizations developing toolkit for new moms

The American Academy of Pediatrics, in collaboration with the ADA Council on Advocacy for Access and Prevention and other health care organizations, has developed a new toolkit that focuses on oral health for pregnant women and extends to oral health for babies. The toolkit, part of AAP’s Tiny Teeth campaign, is timed to coincide with National Children’s Dental… Read More »