Dentistry IS Stressful

by Dr Rachel Hall, B.Ch.D (Uni Leeds UK), LDSRCS(Eng), MACNEM, Dental Surgeon, Brisbane, Australia

It is true – being a dentist is stressful. Most patients dislike coming and are themselves stressed or anxious and this often comes across as rudeness, aggression and irrational behaviour. Everyone has high and often unrealistic expectations of what you can do with their teeth and hence the results you can achieve. No one seems to appreciate or understand how hard it is to fix a tooth when you are leaning over craning your neck, ruining your posture and straining your eyes just to be able to see it. Add to that battling a sea of saliva and tongues and lips that seem to develop superhuman strength as soon as you come anywhere near them and the process becomes near on impossible.

Many patients do not want to take your advice and simply think they know best despite the level of knowledge, experience and expertise you have. Many complain about the bill, are constant worriers and blow things out of proportion, ask the same question over and over even though you spent forever explaining it and even drew them a picture. The challenging patients all seem to be booked in on the busiest and most demanding of days when you are already overwhelmed, pushed for time and frazzled by the constant bickering and the inability of your team to think or organise anything for themselves. Add to that you are running late, the tax is due and the bookkeeper needs to ask you a million questions, stock needs ordering and the most vital piece of equipment you need to run your business has just blown up and yes…. you’d be stressed too.

So how do dental school and university prepare the fresh-faced young and eager dentist to be able to cope with the pressures they will face once graduated and working in dental practice? In a nutshell it doesn’t, what it does do is put you under enormous amounts of pressure to learn, to achieve, and to come up to standard, pass exams every six weeks and see patients on clinic at the same time. And what happens if you complain? You are told, “if you can’t handle it here you’ll never cope in the real world.” Not entirely helpful or supportive. What it fosters is the suck it up and get on with it mentality, you dare not show you are fragile and not handling the work load as that simply doesn’t cut it. There is a massive culture of consuming caffeine, pastries, and sugary snacks and even taking speed to cope with how tired you are from the demands of studying day and night and using alcohol to unwind and party and let off steam.

So no wonder once we do graduate that we then rely on the same coping mechanisms to get by and handle the demands of daily practice, demands that we vent at our staff, patients, families and friends and use to beat ourselves up with. Eventually we get sick, develop musculoskeletal problems, anxiety and depression, become de-motivated, resent our job, our staff and our patients and suffer from professional burnout and a higher than average rate of divorce, drug and alcohol addiction and suicide.

The statistics speak for themselves; in a study from the British Dental Journal July 2004, 90% of dentists said they drank alcohol regularly (with 1 in 7 dentists having an alcohol problem), 10% smoked and 35% were overweight. 62% suffered from heartburn, wind or indigestion, 60% reported being nervy, tense or depressed, 58% reported headache, 48% reported difficulty in sleeping and 48% reported feeling tired for no apparent reason.

Results also indicated that levels of minor psychiatric symptoms were high at 32%, similar to doctors at 27% and higher than the general population, which has been reported at 18%.

It is obvious from the studies that dentists do encounter numerous sources of professional stress which can impact negatively on their personal and professional lives, a process that begins in dental school. Because of this dentists are prone to professional burnout, anxiety disorders and clinical depression and must be made aware of the importance of maintaining good physical and mental health to enjoy satisfying professional and personal lives.

Anecdotally, health professionals do not seek help for their own stress and personal frailty readily and instead are likely to put on a brave face and pretend they have the situation under control. Many often refuse to seek help for fear they will be stigmatised or lose their job whilst many others remain in denial.

Would it not then be sensible and beneficial to teach dental students, dentists and other health care professionals a different way of managing stress and caring for themselves so they would be better equipped to deal with life once they graduated? Would it not be healthier to find ways so as not feel so stressed in the first place and make that a part of their training? What if we could show them and dentists already in practice how to live in a way that supports them to deal with their issues and stresses and thus be able maintain their own health and remain fit and healthy both physically and mentally?

The philosophies and modalities of Esoteric Healing as taught by Serge Benhayon and Universal Medicine present a way of living that can provide this level of self-care and support. They are not airy-fairy mumbo jumbo nor are they difficult to apply. What Serge Benhayon presents in reality is a simple common sense approach to health and vitality that encourages you to care for and respect your body, an approach that is being supported by science and research studies.

Some of these philosophies and approaches to self-care include:

Eat to Support the Body

By assessing how the body reacts to foods (and situations) we can see what is beneficial and what to avoid such as gluten, dairy, sugar, caffeine and alcohol as these can cause harm to the body or may make you feel unwell. It is also a well-known fact that what we eat can affect our mood and wellbeing.

Sleep Quality

Go to bed early after unwinding from your day to support you to get plenty of good quality sleep. Wake when your body feels to, not when the clock or society says you should, which may be earlier than you are used to. Once you establish a healthy sleep pattern you awake less exhausted and full of energy.

Be in Control of Your Choices

Every choice we make affects and contributes to what happens in our life. These choices can either be caring and nurturing of self or not. The body constantly communicates with us about how those choices impact on it. If we override or ignore those messages instead of addressing them (e.g. every time I get frustrated I get a headache) then eventually the body will suffer aches and pains, digestive problems, emotional fluctuations, stress, tension etc and illness can result.

Gentle Exercise.

Exercise gently to keep the body fit, strong and supple. This assists us to be physically healthy without overstressing the body, causing muscle tears or injury and producing excess lactic acid build up which can cause pain and stiffness.

Focusing the Mind

The constant chatter of our mind and thinking about other things and situations instead of the task at hand is draining and stressful. It is like a computer trying to run several programs at once, it uses up a lot of energy and drains the batteries. By remaining more present and focusing the mind to what is occurring in each moment we save energy and reduce stress levels. By switching off the incessant brain chatter it is easier to connect to the body and how we feel and thus remain calm.

Meditation, Breath and Body Awareness

The Gentle Breath Meditation can help to calm and de-stress the body and provide a moment to stop and reflect on how we are. Being aware of our breath allows us to feel when we are stressed or holding tension. By breathing gently we can slow the heart rate, reduce our blood pressure and let go of tension in our body. By tuning in with our body we can feel where we are tight and holding tension; e.g. if our jaw is clenched, shoulders are up around our ears, our breath is laboured or whether our movements are rigid, tense and rushed or not; and then choose to let that tension go and allow the body to relax.

If the body is sore, stiff or painful then choose an appropriate modality or practitioner of body-work to assist with the release of tension and address musculoskeletal imbalances.

Seek Support

Sometimes our issues and the pressures that we face are too much for us to handle alone. It is important that we realise that everyone at some point in their life finds it hard to cope and that it is perfectly acceptable to seek support and ask for help.

By developing self-honesty and bringing awareness to the body we can be more connected to ourselves and listen to the feedback the body is sending us. We then have the choice to modify our posture, level of tension, breath, eating habits, thought patterns and emotions all of which can impact positively or negatively on our stress levels. We can then deal with our stress from moment to moment rather than waiting for it to build and build until we get sick, before we listen and make adjustments to the way that we live.

In this way we are able to foster the ability to look after ourselves from moment to moment during the day and employ real self-care and thus it becomes easier to reduce stress rather than simply having to manage it. Having less stress in our lives certainly must be a better approach to our health and our daily way of living.

I know personally from my years within dentistry that my coping mechanisms in the past were to turn to alcohol, heavy exercise, food and caffeine and that my moods, sleep patterns and levels of tiredness and exhaustion fluctuated wildly making me short-tempered, prone to outbursts of rage, with difficulty concentrating and a total disconnection to the people I was working with. I was in constant pain with neck, back and muscular issues but never sought help until it affected my ability to work. And then most of what I tried only offered short-term relief without actually addressing the underlying issues.

It was only after attending a workshop with Serge Benhayon in 2004 that my situation and health really began to change. Since then I have employed the methods of self-care as presented by Universal Medicine and found them to be more beneficial than other avenues that I had pursued. I am now a better, healthier and happier dentist able to share what I live with my patients and staff so as to foster an environment of true care within my dental practice in which not only do I feel calm and at ease but so also do my patients and staff.

Self-care is an integral and essential part of having a long and healthy dental career and should be incorporated into the undergraduate curriculum and be offered as part of our continuing professional development education. By equipping people with the tools of self-care that they can carry throughout their career, ill health and the need to use sugar, caffeine and alcohol or drugs as coping mechanisms could be reduced and avoided. In this way our health care providers would be a living example to those that they are caring for, treating and educating on wellbeing.

Resources

http://www.nature.com/bdj/journal/v197/n2/full/4811476a.html dentistry is stressful

http://ada.org.au/App_CmsLib/Media/Lib/0610/M29041_v1_632973937559660000.pdf  dentists and alcohol

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1268417/Stress-driving-doctors-dentists-drink-addiction.html

http://www.dentistry.co.uk/news/4834-Stress-in-dentistry-qhyphen-a-study

http://www.nature.com/bdj/journal/v200/n8/abs/4813463a.html stress in dental practice

http://ukpmc.ac.uk/abstract/MED/17449973 general health of dentists

http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.2044-8325.1993.tb00524.x/abstract stress and mental health dentists

http://occmed.oxfordjournals.org/content/58/4/275.full job stressors of dentists and coping mechanisms

http://jada.info/content/135/6/788.short stress burnout and anxiety dentists

http://www.jdentaled.org/content/74/2/95.full stress in dental students

http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1034/j.1600-0579.2002.060105.x/abstract dental students mental stress

http://www.jdentaled.org/content/71/2/197.full emotional intelligence and stress dental students

http://www.biomedcentral.com/1472-6920/9/61/ EI and stress healthcare students

277 thoughts on “Dentistry IS Stressful

  1. There is so much addressed in this one blog – about dentistry and the quality in which we all live, and apply ourselves in our work. This deserves to be a book, course and more – offering true education for work and life (which are essentially one), and a way forward for this profession in particular, that displays such alarming rates of mental ill-health and disease amongst its professionals.

  2. There is much we can do in our home life to support our work life. Great to see the many ways with which we can support ourselves regardless of the job we have in life.

  3. Loved your blog Rachel what you have shared here applies to anyone who suffers stress at work. I have found that taking care of myself, has really helped me manage the stresses at work, and I am no longer exhausted or anxious like I used to be after a day’s work, simply because I now choose to look after myself rather than trying to either bury how I feel or override it.

  4. I agree, self-care should definitely be part of the curriculum to address the high rates of depression and stress inherent in the profession. This should be across all universities, schools and colleges in order to ensure we are, as a human race, equipped to work and support others from a resource that is full and regularly monitored. However, it is crucial that those who are teaching actually live what they teach and it is not simply a theory they do not implement in their own lives, or they cannot share the livingness of the benefits.

  5. It makes absolute sense to me that any amount of stress is going to affect the body yet most of us including myself at times do not take heed and do something about. It really does expose our need for the external and our lack of love for ourselves.

  6. I remember the first time I completed a healing course with Universal Medicine and I always remember Serge explaining how important it was to not put ourselves in uncomfortable positions whilst we are doing it. It was important that we took care of how we were standing and the position we were putting our body into. This was great advice for life also. It builds a strong level of regard and love for our bodies.

  7. I appreciate the work of the dentists hugely as they need to be good handicraft people with great manual skills as well they need to have deep knwledge about the anatomy and phsiology of teeth and body and they need to have a way to consult and be with people.

  8. A much needed expose into the stress and conditions in dentistry and also in other medicial modalities and life with the way forward to allow another way of living to cope and be with the modern day demands on us all. Universal Medicine has a ethos of self care of all and offers the support and advice to connect to within ourselves and the honouring of this.A great way forward to be taught whilst studying to bring to our lives and hence the profession as a whole. Beautiful and a real gift.

  9. Introducing self-care into the undergraduate curriculum would not only create more vital and energetic health practitioners but would also offer a true inspiration and role models for others to take responsibility of their bodies and treat them with the level of care and love that they deserve.

  10. I had never considered being a dentist as a stressful job but what I hear from my daughter who now is studying dentistry and this writing about your own experience as a dentist I am aware of what you are dealing with and that’s a lot. I love your practical list of how to care for yourself that makes perfect sense not only for dentists but for everyone who feels anxious or stressful by the demands of their work.

  11. This is a rich article. I appreciate the honesty of your sharing and the deeper understanding it brings for me concerning the hard work of dentists. Thank you Rachel.

  12. I feel that we should really appreciate our dentists and what they do for us a lot more than we do. It is a very taxing profession on the body and judging by the suicide rates on the mind too. Connection and communication is vital in any job but our dentist is limited because the client cannot speak with a mouthful of tools.

  13. I have seen similar statistics about university students and their unwillingness to seek help. It is quite apparent that although there are lots of support services in place, students prefer not to access them. This means that students who are experiencing significant stress and anxiety (as shown in survey results) are soldiering on and using whatever coping mechanisms they can. Either our desire to appear to be ok is super strong or the services offered are only offering a Band-Aid, rather than getting to the root cause and giving life skills that will support them in their working life.

  14. What you have described about the ’preparation for the real world’ of dentistry is sadly the same process and consciousness that most health professions experience while studying. The message of ‘harden up or get out’ is perhaps why we have such high rates of suicide amongst newly graduated health professionals. In my experience this is not because the people in the educational institutions don’t care. It is that they don’t have the living skills to work in health in a different way. Most have fallen for believing that we need to care for everyone else and not for ourselves, feel responsible to magically fix all the ills our clients have chosen over the last 30-50-80 years and take on their emotional issues. All this is impossible to sustain unless you harden up and it is our bodies and wellbeing that suffer in the end. We have redefined care to be something that is quite harmful to the practitioner. This is what needs to change in health education, that students know all the ways they can drain themselves and how to live in a way that prevents this.

  15. Rachel, this is hilarious – I never thought to look at dentistry from the dentists point of view, as you have said “Add to that battling a sea of saliva and tongues and lips that seem to develop superhuman strength as soon as you come anywhere near them and the process becomes near on impossible.”
    I have always found that I am not particularly aware of my tongue until I go to a dentist – and then, what is it with this tongue beast that suddenly has a life of its own – my tongue seems to want to do things and go places that I have no control over and it always seems to be on that tooth where the dental work is being done! How funny is this – so now when I go to the dentist, I work on training my tongue to sit and stay and wait… till the work is done, then it is free to explore! Good boy! Want a treat now?

  16. I spoke to someone the other day who said they used to work as a dental assistant and described how as soon as there was no patient in the room the dentists would often become aggressive, demanding and bossy, but I had never experienced a dentist to be like this, I guess that even if it is going on behind the scenes it is still affecting the quality of service. It’s a sign of how we have been trained through systems that are not supportive, it’s like learning to be a hairdresser who doesn’t cut hair with love but cuts it like their boss does.

  17. I absolutely accept and understand that being a dentist can be extremely stressful. How gorgeous and supportive it would be to go to a dentist (like you Rachel) where there was no stress and anxiety, but instead a loving steadiness, connection and harmony.

  18. Thanks Rachel for sharing the world of dentistry. My work field is different yet all the stresses you have shared are what is lived in many high pressure and demanding professions. The graduates are not prepared but thrown in the deep end with practicums where they sink, swim or barely stay afloat. What is alarming are the statistics on stress have now escalated to suicide.

  19. Raising awareness and teaching self care tools to all students studying health professions I’m sure would, over time evolve the whole of the medical and public health industry.

  20. Your description of a day in the life of a dentist made me laugh Rachel, but seriously I recognised it as a similar day in the life of any health professional and you are so correct that the training and education for health professionals largely does not prepare them for the reality of work with all its pressures and demands. So is it any wonder then that burnout is so high and the coping mechanisms used to cover up the burnout are also high? And can we carry on accepting that this is normal? Or can we be open to finding another way?

  21. “The constant chatter of our mind and thinking about other things and situations instead of the task at hand is draining and stressful. It is like a computer trying to run several programs at once, it uses up a lot of energy and drains the batteries.” This is so true, I used to be a consummate mental multi-tasker and lived with a constant level of exhaustion. The teachings and presentations of Serge Benhayon and Universal Medicine have shown me a way to live in respect and in rhythm with my own body – goodbye exhaustion.

  22. Denistry as well as many other industries strive on intense pressures and stress day in and day out. It is very common that when the stress from work escalates, we get emotional and in bad moods, because our bodies are uncomfortable. When I get short tempered or anxious because of a job, I usually remind myself that everything is everything. I focus back on relationships. It is for me unwise to just focus on the relationship with a job, and lose touch with all other relationships like with family, loved ones and friends…because ultimately every relationship affects all other relationships. So in such situations I would first come back to the relationship with myself—am I taking care of myself, am I allowing my full awesomeness to be expressed, am I appreciating myself and my value absolutely…before continuing with the intense job/day ahead.

  23. Additionally, I observed changes in a dentist I know: weight loss, daily exercising, walking, watchful of what he ate and more aware of the relationship between lifestyle and health. What led to this was the sudden death by cardiac arrest of a close family member and fellow dentist.

  24. We often enter situations and relationships with little awareness, care or consideration of how it is for the other person or people. I had never before considered what life was like from the perspective of the dentist, until now. Looking back, I was a reluctant dental patient, never fearful, but sceptical, challenging, resisting and full of mistrust. I now love and trust my dentist simply because his dedication to his craft, the quality of service he offers his patients, his energy and deep love of his work spoke for itself. I surrendered to his care, love and guidance, took care of my teeth and gums, and now look forward to dental and hygienist appointments which of course makes his life much easier too.

  25. One thing we do not sign up for when we choose a profession is emotions, we all carry emotions and they affect ourselves, how we come across and also affect other people. We have an idea that carpentry will be carpentry, dentistry will be dentistry, and the carpenter that goes to see the dentist has a separate life, it is only because each physically requires each other that they have a relationship. One thing that is also vital to prepare for is that there are emotions and learning how to handle them is a great saver!

  26. Being open and willing to seek support when we feel under pressure would greatly benefit all industries. I was brought up on a dairy farm and then moved onto a beef and sheep farm soon after getting married. The Huffington Post (www.huffingtonpost.com › terezia-farkas) states that one farmer a week in the UK commits suicide and in the U.S. the rate of farmer suicides is just under two times that of the general population. India yearly reports more than 17,627 farmer suicides. — Newsweek 2014. It is shocking to read of these incidents which could be avoided if only we could let down our guard and express how we are feeling… something which is work in progress in my own life.

  27. What you are describing here applies to so many professions and the supporting tools that Universal Medicine present and offer are an enormous support and real life changing. Thank you for for showing in detail how it is possible to truly support ourselves to lead a healthier life.

  28. So often people talk about having the ‘tools’ for their job and these tools go beyond the physical to skills and techniques too. Yet how would our workplace be if we all used the greatest tool in our tool box – self care as our foundation to everything we do?

  29. ‘Self-care is an integral and essential part of having a long and healthy dental career.’ How amazing it would be if universities and colleges worked on this premise and thus made self-care the foundation for all their courses.

  30. In fact how the universities are preparing dentist, and probably much more professions, that stress is part of your work and that you have to develop coping mechanisms for it. Although they do not tell you to use alcohol, drugs or any other medication explicitly, they in fact set you up in to a way of life in which reaching out to some of the tension relieving medications is being a normal thing to do. How different is that compared to the self-care that is presented in the modalities presented and provided by Universal Medicine. There the body is being presented as the marker of truth and that it is a valuable and delicate instrument we own in this life, an instrument that does provide us ways to express that what comes though us. This honouring way of treating the body is not only serving ourselves, but all people we meet or work with and in fact will, in this case, make you a very special and loved dentist.

  31. It’s criminal the extent to which universities push students – in all disciplines – then pass it off as some sort of bizarre ‘preparation’ for their working lives beyond, or as simply a part of what one has to do in order to qualify in the world of higher education. This is normalised, systemic abuse, and it will take a critical mass of students (and academics and administrators) who are prepared to say ‘no more’ to turn it around.

  32. Accepting that dentistry and medicine are particularly stressful occupations (I’ve heard law is too, with high levels of suicide), we can experience stress in any situation – certainly if we are living in perpetual ‘fight or flight’ mode. Adopting the principles of self-care whatever we do is a beautiful way to start bringing us back into alignment with our bodies and more natural ways of working, doing and being.

    1. Sure Victoria, in fact this is our natural state of being to be self loving and self caring, but that is not what we are taught at school and in university. We have a long way to go until we all will understand that we are from love and do deserve to live like that in all that we do, whatever profession we are in.

  33. A great article that is invaluable for dentists in training to read. Dentists who are training need to be shown ways to live with the pressures they face, ‘What if we could show them and dentists already in practice how to live in a way that supports them to deal with their issues and stresses and thus be able maintain their own health and remain fit and healthy both physically and mentally?’ Very much needed.

  34. I was not aware Rachel, and I understand, how hard it is for a dentist as much as I know comparing it to my profession IT. It is a common myth and way of thinking that is projected on certain industries. It is similar in IT with clients assuming you can answer their request straight away minor or major, plus fix their issue and fix it quickly. Most IT incidents or requests there is sometimes much work to be done in the background too. It just goes to show Rachel how much appreciation should be applied to the physician delivering a service both personally and from the client that is above the quality of what generally is performed out there and offers not only a service but also how to truly take care of yourself.

    1. Spot on Rik – it is about having a strong appreciation of the work that we do, be it dentistry, IT or any other profession, and to appreciate even more deeply all that this involves. The more solidly we hold this appreciation the more the clients will also feel it and in turn potentially understand the work that goes on behind the scenes.

  35. Dentistry has always been a sought after career and I never quite understood the attraction to it and reading the start of this blog confirmed my feelings as to what a hard job, almost impossible as you say, it actually is and how hard the job is on the practitioners body day in and day out is also apparent. You are spot on that the training for dentists and doctors needs to change dramatically. It does not prepare one for the career and that is one reason why suicide rates are and have been so high for both doctors and dentists. The missing ingredient in the training is love.

  36. Rachel it is clear that the medical professions could deeply benefit from the presentations of Universal Medicine, in effect this is the missing part of the teaching that students go through during university. If the medical profession, including dentistry, integrated training in self care, self love and the practical tools that Universal Medicine present it would dramatically improve the quality of life that healthcare professionals lead.

  37. Well said Rachel, the demands on, and expectations of dentists are huge. And as you say, the dental visits are something one does not generally look forward to. So there is much processing happening before the client even sits in the chair. But I have had some amazing dental procedures done with the greatest of care and delicacy and can feel the great healing done way beyond the filling of my tooth. I could feel that the self-care, self-responsibility and self-nurturing the dentist had embodied themselves was the foundation for this experience.

  38. “Would it not then be sensible and beneficial to teach dental students, dentists and other health care professionals a different way of managing stress and caring for themselves so they would be better equipped to deal with life once they graduated? Would it not be healthier to find ways so as not feel so stressed in the first place and make that a part of their training? What if we could show them and dentists already in practice how to live in a way that supports them to deal with their issues and stresses and thus be able maintain their own health and remain fit and healthy both physically and mentally?” – Funny how the core values and things in life that truly support us are not the things that are taught to us in our homes, at school or at university. Can you imagine how much things would change if this were indeed the case? How things would be so different if we were taught to self care, value ourselves and respect ourselves first and foremost? What a different world this would be…

  39. When I was last at the dentist having a filling replaced I was marvellling at just that Rachel, the feat of getting so precisely at the tiny but deep job at hand all the while saliva, tongues, lips and suction are all there too! These are great approaches to self care, that I know for sure support me in what ever it is I do at work.

  40. Having just got home from a dentist appointment with a really lovely dentist I had to really appreciate how surrendered my body was to the process of having my teeth thoroughly cleaned. It is true that often we are stressed before we get in the chair having had maybe bad experiences but we as the client have our responsibility to be as ready to be open and relaxed as possible and this I could do because of how I choose to live my daily life. There is no magic pill to self care but rather daily choices.

  41. I have always admired those who choose dentistry, a profession where most patients do not want to visit and put it off until they are in pain. When they take this stress into the dentist chair to be met with a dentist who is also stressed this just magnifies the stress. When both dentist and patient take responsibility for their own self-care then the connection in the dentist chair is a meeting of two people where one can support the other. We cannot practise self-dentistry, as we cannot look directly into our own mouth, but we can all practise self-care.

  42. Thanks Rachel for providing this valuable insight into the reality of what it takes to become and remain a dentist. The self care that you have put in place to support you in your day should be an integral part of the education system. It’s very clear from what you’ve described that anyone caring for others cannot possibly do so unless they are first doing this for themselves.

  43. This whole article is incredibly valuable as a step by step guide to support for new dentists. It can also be transferred to so many other professions. I have a particular focus on obesity and consequences of overweight and this last statement would be incredible to See in practice “In this way our health care providers would be a living example to those that they are caring for, treating and educating on wellbeing.”

  44. Your description of dentistry and it being stressful is very apt and it is stressful being in dentistry class myself. Due to this I agree it is so important that self-care is going to be a part of the curriculum in dentistry degrees but equally in all other degrees. Actually it should be the number one thing we learn in life! Everywhere! Life is now often about function, our output and achievements yet with the growing rates of illness and disease and the statistics you shared it is clear it is not really working. We need to make it about people, about how we are with each other in general and therefore also how we are with ourselves.

  45. I have no idea how anyone can be a dentist. It seems like one of the most difficult jobs on the planet, patients come in with years of disregard, often in pain, looking for a miracle solution. I have nothing but admiration for anyone who serves humanity through dentistry.

  46. A well documented article on the stress that many who work in the medical field face, and it’s even better how you have nominated lifestyle choices that greatly reduce anxiety and stress. That can only mean the patient receives a greater standard of care.

  47. Thank you for highlighting the stressors of dentistry from the Dentist perspective I love your great informative blog. No matter what we do in life it comes back to the same thing the quality of the energy we do it in. The level of responsibility you take in your livingness must shortly be felt by your patients.

  48. In every career path and education, there seems to be a huge gap missing when it comes to responsibility. And that starts with how we treat our bodies. What is explained here as a stressful career in dentistry sounds pretty full on, and I can only imagine how so many dentists must feel…But to bring in a quality of life that supports us 24/7 means that we can start to look at what we do in a whole new way, because we can bring the quality first – before it is about the skill or the task. Universal Medicine continues to deliver practical and supportive information about how we can listen to the body more and more and actually start to live in a way that is all about responsibility first.

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