Good Posture

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In case you were wondering what we look like during our practicals.

Unfortunately, dentists aren’t known for their good posture…although we try.  Recently we had a group of physical therapy students come into the dental school to observe how our posture looked like during various procedures and in the sim lab. They also observed us during one of our graded practicals and unfortunately this is what we looked like! I remember our professor telling us that if we don’t maintain good posture, many of us already start having back problems by our second year…

There are a lot of adjustments we can make. The height of the seat, the angle of the light, turning the head of our manikin (and yes it’s spelled manikin), using the mirror for indirect vision, and of course our loupes are supposed to help too. I try to be aware of this but when something is graded sometimes you forget about your aching back until after the practical.

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