he percent of dentists diagnosed with anxiety more than tripled in 2021 compared to 2003, according to the ADA’s newly released 2021 Dentist Health and Well-Being Survey Report, spurring the ADA and ADA Council on Dental Practice to take action on supporting the wellness of dentists.
“Supporting both the physical and mental health needs of dentists, across their lifespan, continues to be an important area of focus for the ADA,” said Jim Hoddick, D.D.S., ADA Council on Dental Practice chair. “COVID-19 has created unique stressors. I see people every day who are stressed out to the max and overworked.”
Finding ways to mitigate work-related pain, whether physical or mental, is paramount for the Association, said Sherry Gwin, D.M.D., the Council on Dental Practice’s Health, Wellness and Aging Subcommittee chair.