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Year : 2010  |  Volume : 8  |  Issue : 16  |  Page : 1-7

Ergonomics in Dental Practice

Reader, Dept of Oral Medicine and Radiology, Senior Lecturer and Professor, Dept of Preventive and Community Dentistry, Sardar Patel Post Graduate Institute of Dental and Medical Sciences, Luclcnow, Uttar Pradesh, India

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Dentists constitute a group of professionals who are likely to become exposed to biological health hazards. Dental professionals are susceptible to a number of occupational hazards like stressful situations, latex hypersensitivity as well as factors leading to the musculoskeletal system disorders (MSD's) and the diseases of the peripheral nervous system. MSD's accounts to a major percentage of burnout in dentist bringing down the productivity by less than 50%. Ergonomics means laws of (nomos) work (ergon). It is science of adapting the job and I or the equipment and the human to each other for optimal safety and productivity. 'Ibis reviews aims to discuss the various work related MSD's related to poor ergonomics, factors causing injury and suggests certain preventive measures to deal with it.

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