Vanessa S. Silva

Principles of ergonomics in dentistry

  • Dentist graduated from the Faculty of Dental Medicine, University of Porto (2009)
  • PhD in Occupational Safety and Health, Faculty of Engineering, University of Porto
  • Invited Assistant Professor of Occlusion and Ergonomics at the Faculty of Dental Medicine – UCP
  • Researcher at the Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Health (CIIS)

Nationality: Portugal

Scientific areas: Dental assistant course

19 of november, from 14h30 until 16h00

Auditorium C

Conference summary

Dentistry is considered an area with several health risk factors, including exposure to infectious diseases, radiation, dental materials, and noise.

Due to high postural demands oral healthcare professionals are at high risk for the development of musculoskeletal disorders.

Four handed dentistry is a technique involving coordination of the dentist and the dental assistant in dental procedures, which aims to improve the quality of the treatment.

The application of ergonomic principles in dentistry determines how to achieve the best posture before the patient, increasing productivity and efficiency during care and reducing stress and fatigue.

One of the main purposes of ergonomics is to prevent musculoskeletal occupational disorders and symptoms that can aggravate these diseases.