Chiropractic care for dental hygienists

Dental hygienists will be the first to tell you about the strain their jobs can have on their bodies. Musculoskeletal disorders (MSD) are disproportionately high for those working in dentistry, with a suggested 63% to 94% of dental professionals affected by MSDs.1 As hygienists, we are advocates for disease prevention with our patients when it comes to oral disease, such as periodontitis and caries, but what about prevention of MSDs? Ergonomic interventions are extremely important in preventing the development of MSDs by not only identifying risky behaviors but also developing strategies for neutral positioning, proper joint alignment, and muscle balance.1 When we think of the health of our joints, muscles, and body, implementing a preventive plan of action is essential to a long and fulfilling career in dental hygiene.

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