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How to become a healthier you: Life solutions for dental professionals

June 3, 2024
Managing your health, your mood, and your workspace will lead to a healthier mind, healthier body, and healthier outlook. Make time to make your life better with these tips.
Vicki Cheeseman, Associate Editor

Whether you’re new to dentistry or a seasoned veteran, being happy in your career (and your life) is essential to longevity and peace of mind. Take a quick personal assessment:

  • Are you happy?
  • Are you content?
  • Are you stressed?
  • Do you feel valued?
  • Are you a sunny-side up person?
  • Are you a worrier?
  • Do you like what you do?

Dental clinicians are in the smile business, but that doesn’t mean they’re immune to the struggles of life. We’ve compiled some great articles from DentistryIQ, RDH, and Dental Economics that have suggestions to help make your life better, so you can help your patients have better lives too.

Manage your health

Health comes first. Think good sleep, healthy lifestyle habits, and safe exercising. Health isn’t just a one-time project; you’re in it for life. You can make systemic health a priority using the scientific advancements we have at our disposal. Here are some tips:

Manage your mood

To be able to enjoy life, you must be happy within. That includes mood, outlook, and general well-being enhanced with meditation, yoga (in your chair!), mental timeouts, and even just deep breaths. If your mood is affecting your work or personal life, there’s help—you’re not alone. Here are some tips for a healthier outlook that will have positive effects on the rest of your life:

Manage your workspace

We spend too much of our lives at work to be uncomfortable or in pain. Dental professionals are particularly prone to musculoskeletal disorders on the job. By focusing on ergonomics, overall health, and workspace customizations, you’ll be able to practice longer and more comfortably. Here are some tips to make your work area fit you and your needs:

Managing your health, your mood, and your workspace will lead to a healthier mind, healthier body, and healthier outlook. Make time to make your life better.

Editor’s note: This article first appeared in Clinical Insights newsletter, a publication of the Endeavor Business Media Dental Group. Read more articles and subscribe.

About the Author

Vicki Cheeseman | Associate Editor

Vicki Cheeseman is an associate editor in Endeavor Business Media’s Dental Group. She edits for Dental Economics, RDH, DentistryIQ, and Perio-Implant Advisory. She has a BS in mathematics and a minor in computer science. Early on she traded numbers for words and has been happy ever since. Vicki began her career with Dental Economics in 1987 and has been fascinated with how much media production has changed through the years, yet editorial integrity remains the goal. In her spare time, you’ll find her curled up with a book—editor by day, reader always.