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ADA’s 2009 Dentist Health and Wellness Conference Set

Optimal health, work-life balance and well-being issues explored

Contact Information:

Telephone: 312-440-2806
E-mail: mediarelations@ada.org (Journalists) or Contact ADA (All Others)

CHICAGO, July 14, 2009—Dentists and dental health professionals can take steps to evaluate their own personal health practices and explore well-being issues for optimal health and work-life balance by enrolling in the American Dental Association's (ADA) 2009 Conference on Dentist Health and Wellness.

The conference, "Body, Mind & Soul: Thriving in a Chaotic World," is set for September 10 and 11 at the ADA's Chicago headquarters. Its purpose is to bring together dentists, spouses, dental team members, dental students, and professionals who work with dentists and connect them with national experts that can provide key information to help dentists become more proactive in looking at their own health and wellness.

Focused content

The conference will focus on personal health and wellness, professional impairment and ergonomics in dental practice. For example, dentists are vulnerable to back, neck, shoulder, wrist and hand injuries because of body positions assumed in providing treatment to patients, the conference has specially tailored content to help address this problem.
Speakers are national experts and passionate about the overall wellness of dental professionals and their families. They will lead the general sessions and specialized workshops in promoting health and wellness among dentists, covering areas to include:

  • From Stress to Success: Dare to Thrive in Challenging Times
  • Back & Neck Pain in Dentistry: A Survival Guide for the Rest of Your Career
  • The Psychology of Success
  • Recovery Beyond Abstinence
  • Neck, Back and Beyond: Preventing Pain for Peak Productivity
  • Sports Psychology for Dental Teams
  • Working Drug-free Works! Protecting the Health and Well-being of Staff and Patients

Registration open

To register online or by mail for the 2009 Health and Wellness Conference, visit http://www.ada.org/prof/events/featured/wellbeing/registration.asp . Registration deadline is August 30. For additional conference information, contact the ADA's Council on Dental Practice at 312-440-2622 or 312-440-7473.

About the American Dental Association

The not-for-profit ADA is the nation's largest dental association, representing 157,000 dentist members. The premier source of oral health information, the ADA has advocated for the public's health and promoted the art and science of dentistry since 1859. The ADA's state-of-the-art research facilities develop and test dental products and materials that have advanced the practice of dentistry and made the patient experience more positive. The ADA Seal of Acceptance long has been a valuable and respected guide to consumer dental care products. The monthly The Journal of the American Dental Association (JADA) is the ADA's flagship publication and the best-read scientific journal in dentistry. For more information about the ADA, visit www.ada.org. For more information on oral health, including prevention, care and treatment of dental disease, visit the ADA’s consumer website www.MouthHealthy.org.