1. Wear loupes
The magnification should help you get closer to your patients without having to bend your back or strain your neck and shoulders.
2. Use ergonomic equipment
From your cabinetry to your handpieces make sure you are supported with the most appropriate equipment so that you don’t put your body in an uncomfortable or unnatural position.
3. Assess your stool and seated position
Sit with a good posture at all times and support it with a stool, such as a saddle seat, with arms and a back if you need them. Position your feet flat on the floor and move from your hips to maintain your posture and protect your back.
4. Practise 4-handed dentistry
When the dentist and nurse move in synchrony above the patient while transferring instruments during a consultation, then it supports less leaning, twisting and stretching into unnatural positions.
5. Create your preventive care plan
Prevention is better than cure. So whether it’s Pilates, yoga, the Alexander Technique or your own routine of static and dynamic stretches and exercises pre- and post-surgery, it’s important to improve your strength and flexibility to look after your posture.