Due to work and life experiences dental teams are exposed constantly to sensations such as anxiety, constant worry, continuous stress, burnout, and an increase in addictive behaviours. It is important to generate awareness and activities in our work environment to promote well-being.
Mental health and well-being in the dental workplace
All stakeholders involved in the dental profession have an important responsibility to promote mental health and well-being in the workplace. Dental teams can be exposed to stressors that lead to them feeling strained. This in turn can result in serious mental health issues such as burnout and an increase in addictive behaviours, and can also affect the quality of care provided. This toolkit, therefore, aims to improve mental health and well-being by providing guidance on actions that can be taken to improve the well-being of dental team members at three levels of intervention: individual (oral health professional) , organizational and system (National) levels.
Key statistics: Burnout
Focus groups key messages
Nine National Dental Associations (NDAs)* participated in different focus groups to help FDI understand their views regarding mental health in the dental workplace and to inform the present toolkit.
Here are some of their views:
Note: Key messages from the focus groups can be reused,
tailored nationally, and spread.
*Australian Dental Association / Federación Odontológica Colombiana / Association Dentaire Française /Hong
Kong Dental Association / Indian Dental Association / Japan Dental Association – Association /Marocaine de
Prévention Bucco-dentaire / New Zealand Dental Association / Turkish Dental Association