Health and Wellness

The single most valuable asset in any dental practice is the dentist and the dental team. Cultivating optimal health and work-life balance are essential to the maintenance of the person(s) without whom the practice would cease to exist. Wellness addresses physical, spiritual, emotional, intellectual, environmental, and social well-being. The World Health Organization (WHO) defines health as a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity. These two areas, health and wellness, combined impact every aspect of your life and impact your happiness. This is why the MDS has revitalized its Health and Wellness Committee to develop programs and services to improve the health and wellness of members.

Confidential Services

Dentists Concerned for Dentists provides confidential support for problems related to alcohol and other substance use. Anyone may call DCD with personal questions or concerns about a struggling colleague, friend, or loved one.

We offer:
• Consultation - anonymity maintained
• Access to peer support networks
• Confidential referral for assessment and treatment
• Monitoring with documentation of sobriety
• Intervention

Helpline: 800.468.2004

The Wellness Benefits of Meditation and Yoga

Ergonomics

Stress Management

The Impact of Job Engagement

Nutrition and Wellness

Take this quick quiz to test your knowledge on nutrition and wellness!

Question 1: True or false? If you want to lose weight all you have to do is eat less and exercise more.

Question 2: Which of the following are healthy for everyone and can be consumed as much as you'd like?

a. Apples

b. Spinach

c. Chicken

d. None of the above

Question 3: True or false? You should avoid egg yolks because they raise your cholesterol and cause heart attacks.

Question 4: Which product contains the least amount of sugar and is the healthier option?

a. 1 can of Red Bull energy drink

b. 1 cup of Strawberry Low Fat Dannon Yogurt

c. 1 cup of Breyers Vanilla ice cream

Question 5: True or false? The main predictors of a healthy lifestyle are nutrition and exercise.

Question 6: True or false? Self-care practices are only effective if you have 30 minutes or more to practice each day.

Community Service

In coordination with the Dentist Health and Wellness Committee, the Massachusetts Dental Society coordinates volunteer opportunities for members seeking ways to give back to their communities. Upcoming volunteer opportunities are posted on the Community Service page.

Joining with your colleagues and giving just a few hours of your time can make a big difference to neighbors in need. Volunteering also is good for your health! Research shows that getting active with your community and building a support network offers a break from everyday stress.

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