This month’s editorial underscores the importance of safeguarding against occupational risks in dentistry. Dr. Smiley shares personal experiences, highlighting potential hazards to oral health care workers' eyes and hearing, including intense lights, noisy equipment, and exposure to infectious pathogens. He emphasizes the need for protective eyewear, light shields, and equipment calibration to reduce eye-related risks and the use of custom musician earplugs to reduce the risk of job-related hearing damage. The overall message stresses that taking steps to protect oneself from occupational risks can preserve the quality of life and a professional career.
Smiley, Christopher J. DDS
"Protect Yourself from Occupational Risks,"
The Journal of the Michigan Dental Association: Vol. 104:
10, Article 5.
Available at: https://commons.ada.org/journalmichigandentalassociation/vol104/iss10/5