A Brief Introduction

Oral Academy is a modern platform for communication between colleagues. It is a new medium for sharing experiences and ideas. The platform is created by a young team and aims to shorten the distance between dentists in the virtual space and to assist them in more difficult clinical cases.

The platform has an active Facebook page, announcing the main publications and news, as well as a group where you can discuss everything in the field of dental medicine. The site has already published many useful materials that are free to download. Some of these are questionnaires for assessment of the patients' medical status, various informed consent, a brief guide to antibiotics used in odontogenic infections, and many more.

The ergonomics during dental work is as essential as the work itself. They can preserve the health of the doctor and the other staff.

Ergonomic goals:

  • Improving the workflow by eliminating unnecessary steps and effort.
  • Minimizing mental and physical fatigue.
  • Workplace comfort, quality and satisfaction.


  • Discomfort - chronic pain.
  • Incidents - injuries.
  • Fatigue - mistakes.
  • Musculoskeletal disorders: back and neck pain, tendonitis, epicondylitis, carpal tunnel syndrome.

Risk factors:

  • Continuous work with vibrating instruments.
  • Static posture.
  • Repeated movements (for example: scaling).
  • Continuous work with heavy tools or with thin and uncomfortable handles.
  • Applying force.

The goals of ergonomics can be achieved through:

  • Suitable hand tools - reducing the force applied and providing a neutral position in the joints, with a handle with a diameter of 5- 11 mm and a circular cross-section, light and balanced, color coded.
  • Dental unit - the most commonly used instruments should be located at a comfortable distance (area with forearm radius at fixed elbow joint).
  • Lighting - reflector, tips with integrated fiber optic lighting.
  • Magnifying glasses / magnifiers - to improve posture and ensure clear vision.
  • Chair - should provide maximum clinician stability, lumbar support, adjustment, arm support, mobility and patient access. A variety of standard chairs is the "straddle stool”.
  • Patient posture - knees slightly higher than the nose, thus ensuring good brain perfusion, when working in the maximal area the back of the chair is almost parallel to the floor and the mandible slightly upright (mentum points down).
  • Neutral position of the clinician - forearms and thighs parallel to the floor, 90 'angle in hip and 105-125' in knee, elbows folded to body, patient's mouth at elbow level.