Dentist Well-Being: “I think my dentist has a problem.”
- “I think my dentist has a problem.” If you find yourself saying this, it might be true. Research tells us that dentists are no more—or less—likely to develop substance use disorders (alcohol or drug abuse or dependence) than the general population. In other words, 10–15 percent of dentists will have a drug and/or alcohol problem sometime in their lives.
- The ADA can help you help your dentist by connecting you with the right resources. Services are available in most states for dentists at risk of or experiencing impairment. Find tips on staying well in the dental profession and access the State Well-Being Directory. You may also receive information by calling Alison Bramhall, Manager ADA Dentist Health and Wellness, at 202-898-2410 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. All inquiries are confidential.
- Practicing dentistry often involves being in uncomfortable postures with resulting back discomfort or performing repetitive hand motions for long periods of time. As a result, 40 to 60 percent of dental professionals suffer from work-related musculoskeletal issues.
- If you want to do your best not to become one of these statistics, use these videos to help everyone in the office stay healthy and happy!