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Proper posture and positioning are essential for the comfort and health of the dental professionals as well as for the comfort of the patient. A large percentage of dental practitioners do experience chronic musculoskeletal disorders at least once in their entire career. There are also some dentists and hygienists who ended up retiring early because of severe chronic occupational pains and injury.
While there are a lot of contributing factors to occupational pains, the most common reason why a lot of dentists and hygienists suffer from a variety of musculoskeletal disorders is the lack of awareness about proper posture and positioning. Surely, using the right dental aids like the dental magnifying loupes and headlights can help you maintain better ergonomic posture. However, sometimes picking the right pair of dental loupes is not enough. You need to know the basics of proper operator positioning in order to achieve the most neutral posture when working.
What is neutral posture?
Neutral posture is the ideal positioning that allows you to stay comfortable when performing various dental procedures for a prolonged period of time. It is a body positioning that keeps the body in good alignment and supports the natural curves of the spine with minimal effort. Neutral posture keeps the spine naturally aligned. Failure to achieve neutral posture can lead to musculoskeletal disorders and injury.
Your posture can either make or break your career. Many dental professionals have a specific goal when it comes to productivity and they usually do whatever it takes to keep up with it. With great productivity goals and only limited time, maintaining a neutral ergonomic posture is often overlooked.
How to achieve neutral operator posture?
Neutral operator posture can be achieved with the help of ergonomically designed dental tools and equipment such as the dental loupes, operator stool, patient chair, and dental headlight.
Dental magnification loupes are typically customized to achieve maximum operator posture. It allows you to see the oral cavity within your specific working distance and it also enables you to work in an upright position, thus, eliminating the need for you to bend forward toward your patient's mouth for better visual visibility of the operating area.
The operator stool also plays an important role in maintaining a neutral operator posture. It has to be adjustable so it can be easy for you to adjust its height and to position it in a way that it can support a balanced, comfortable, and healthy working posture. The ideal operator stool for ergonomic posture is the one that comes with backrest and seat tilt adjustments.
Another dental tool that's essential for maintaining a neutral working posture is the dental headlight. Our portable dental headlight produces bright white illumination similar to that of the natural light. As compared to the traditional operating lamps, dental headlights produce a higher quality, right amount, and stable illumination. Plus, they can also easily be adjusted just by moving the head and they also do not cast a shadow to operating area, allowing you to concentrate more on the dental procedure you are working on.