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Perfect Posture Mechanics: Part II - Into the Operatory

COURSE NUMBER: 672

Stephanie Botts, RDH, BSDH, CEAS

Credit Hours:

1.5 Hour(s)

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The purpose of this course is to review proper ergonomic techniques used in the operatory. The course will review neutral and unsafe postures, operator and patient positioning, and equipment choices to practice pain-free.


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Overview

The purpose of this course is to review proper ergonomic techniques used in the operatory. The course will review neutral and unsafe postures, operator and patient positioning, and equipment choices to practice pain-free.


The dental profession is at high risk for musculoskeletal disorders (MSD), with up to 96% of practitioners reporting pain due to clinical work habits.4 This is due to repetitive movements, bending, twisting, reaching, incorrect operator and patient positioning and performing repetitive movements in a static posture. Ergonomics is the science of fitting the working environment to the practitioner, instead of forcing one’s body to acclimate to the environment. Practicing proper ergonomics can increase productivity, decrease pain and lengthen one’s career. Allowing the individual to practice pain-free, ergonomics can increase the quality of one’s life and work satisfaction.


This is the second course in the 2-part Perfect Posture Mechanics series. Perfect Posture Mechanics: Part 1 - Dentistry and Your Body addresses risk factors for MDS's and movements that cause injury. It also demonstrates microbreaks and the importance of daily stretching to reduce pain and fatigue.

  • Intended Audience:

    Dentists, Dental Hygienists, Dental Assistants, Dental Students, Dental Hygiene Students, Dental Assistant Students

  • Date Course Online:

    Feb 13, 2023

  • Last Revision Date:

    NA

  • Course Expiration Date:

    Feb 12, 2026

  • Cost:

    Free

  • Method:

    Self-instructional

  • AGD Subject Code(s):

    770

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this course, the dental professional should be able to:


  • Incorporate improved ergonomics into daily practice.
  • Assess ergonomic equipment to maintain proper positioning.
  • Review patient and operator positioning to improve ergonomics and reduce pain.

Disclaimers

  • P&G is providing these resource materials to dental professionals. We do not own this content nor are we responsible for any material herein.

  • Participants must always be aware of the hazards of using limited knowledge in integrating new techniques or procedures into their practice.  Only sound evidence-based dentistry should be used in patient therapy.


Note:  Registration is required to take test.

Author(s)

Ms. Botts is the owner of Polished Posture, an ergonomic consulting company. She has no relevant financial relationships to disclose.

Ms. Stephanie Botts

Stephanie Botts

RDH, BSDH, CEAS

Ms. Stephanie Botts has been a clinical dental hygienist for over 14 years. She is a Certified Ergonomics Assessment Specialist providing both in-office and virtual ergonomics consulting and coaching to dental professionals. She also provide...

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Submission Information

Academy of General Dentistry (AGD) Submission For credit transfers to appear in your AGD account in real time, make sure to add your AGD membership number in the field provided on the “Share Your Test Score” page.


CE Broker For all states that use CE Broker for licensure, “proof of completions” are electronically reported the first of every month. If a course was taken in November, the “proof of completion” will be submitted the beginning of December.

Recognition

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Approved PACE Program Provider

THE PROCTER & GAMBLE COMPANY


Nationally Approved PACE Program Provider for FAGD/MAGD credit.

Approval does not imply acceptance by any regulatory authority or AGD endorsement.


8/1/2021 to 7/31/2027

Provider ID# 211886