General health of dentists. Literature review

Stomatologija. 2007;9(1):10-20.


The studies show a dental practitioner as a subject of a wide variety of physical and psychological ailments. It is induced or aggravated by the work specificity and greatly affects the health of dental professionals. Therefore, general health of dentists, especially effect of dental activity on it, is present-day, important and as a matter of fact not well documented subject. The aim of our review is to summarize and ascertain dental practice-related disorders influencing the physical and psychological health of practitioner. Also we would like to highlight the most vulnerable systems of the dental professional and to survey the best methods to overcome these ailments.

Results: There is growing body of evidence that suggests surprisingly high vulnerability within the dental profession to certain disorders and afflictions that can be categorized as practice-related.

Conclusions: In different countries dentists reported having poor general health and suffer from various health-related problems. To enjoy and be satisfied with their professional and personal lives, dentists must be aware of the importance to maintain good physical and mental health.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Anesthetics, Inhalation / adverse effects
  • Burnout, Professional
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Dental Amalgam / adverse effects
  • Dentists*
  • Hepatitis B
  • Humans
  • Musculoskeletal Diseases
  • Nitrous Oxide / adverse effects
  • Occupational Diseases*
  • Stress, Psychological


  • Anesthetics, Inhalation
  • Dental Amalgam
  • Nitrous Oxide