Adverse Effects of MSD Affect Dental Hygienists

Illustration of Musculoskeletal disorderMusculoskeletal disorders are frequently reported by practicing dental hygienists due to the physical demands placed on the body caused by poor ergonomics, repetitive motion, pinch force, and grasp.

Dental hygienists who reported MSD reduced the number of hours they worked, took time off from work, called in sick, considered changing careers, and even left clinical practice.

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Reinforced Periodontal Instrumentation and Ergonomics for the Dental Care Provider Published by Lippincott, Williams and Wilkins.


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