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Ergonomics in Dentistry – Self Care for the Dental Team

Saturday, April 13

2 - 3:30 PM

1.5 CDE Credits – DDS, DH, DA, AUX


We talk to our patients about the importance of preventing oral disease, and yet we don’t take enough time to put our own words into practice when it comes to prevention of ergonomic injuries. Pain, numbness, and the eventual physical toll of working chairside can end careers prematurely—but it doesn’t have to be this way. Putting ergonomic principles into practice can protect your body today and your livelihood tomorrow. This course offers the entire dental team an introduction to ergonomics and the risk factors that may cause work-related musculoskeletal injuries.

This session will enable participants to:
- Identify ergonomic risk factors that may lead to musculoskeletal disorders.
- Describe how ergonomic improvements can reduce stress through greater efficiency and patient comfort during treatment.
- Identify equipment and design issues that cause ergonomic risk factors.
- Evaluate workspaces in dental practices for design ergonomics and workflow.


Mary Govoni, MBA, R.D.H., C.D.A.

Mary Govoni brings 50+ years of experience in dentistry to the team. She is a Certified Dental Assistant, and a Registered Dental Hygienist, with experience in general and specialty practices both clinically and as an administrator. Mary is a former dental assisting educator and was a partner in a successful dental staffing service.

For the past 30 years, Mary has focused on speaking and consulting with dental teams on infection prevention, OSHA compliance, HIPAA compliance, ergonomics, chairside efficiency, and team communication and development. Mary has published numerous articles in professional journals. She is a Past President of the American Dental Assistants Association and serves on the Corporate Council for Dimensions of Dental Hygiene, is a member the Speaking and Consulting Network and the Organization for Safety Asepsis and Prevention.

Mary’s latest collaboration is with several of her colleagues as The Compliance Divas, presenting weekly podcasts on infection control, OSHA and HIPAA, and other regulatory topics affecting dentistry. Conflict of interest: HuFriedy Group

Mary Govoni, MBA, R.D.H., C.D.A.
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