Slow Dentistry movement encourages dentists to change the way they practise

Slow Dentistry movement trying to change the way dentistry is practisedSlow Dentistry is a new movement looking to change the way people view their oral health.

Launched last weekend, the Slow Dentistry network is calling on dentists to slow down the way they practise.

It hopes this will improve standards of care and ensure safety, well-being, comfort and understanding.

‘Time becomes a huge factor of practising excellence,’ Dr Miguel Stanley, who co-founded the movement, said to The Telegraph.

‘The patient should come first, not just the business model.

‘Slow Dentistry reflects a cultural shift in our speed-focused pace of life.

‘It is a movement which aims to put the brakes on our fast-paced living and is the antithesis of the modern-day “I want it now” ethos.’

Slow Dentistry movement

The Slow Dentistry movement is aimed at both the dentist and the patient.

It encourages hour-long dental appointments, also enabling the highest standards of anti-infection measures.

Dr Stanley believes rushed appointments endanger patients and increase infection risks.

‘We need to be prepared to allow the time and go slower,’ Dr Stanley continued.

‘So many of us think that we can squeeze in a dental hygiene session over lunch for 20 minutes, or quickly fix a filling in half an hour.

‘The Slow Dentistry movement is promulgating the idea that we all have to adjust our pace and time expectations.

‘Speed is not good.’

Four cornerstones of Slow Dentistry

Dentists and dental practices can subscribe to become a part of the movement.

Since launching a month ago, 20 practices across the world have applied to become part of the movement.

Slow Dentistry is based on four cornerstones to improve the patient experience:

  • Ensuring fully effective anaesthetics before commencing treatment
  • Rubber dam use when necessary during treatments
  • Thoroughly disinfecting equipment and the surgery between patients
  • Ensuring people have given their informed consent before commencing with treatment.

‘This shift towards a slower pace of care not only lessens the stress for dental practitioners, it also ensures ultimate patient safety,’ Dr Stanley concluded.

Comments (3)

This is fantastic news and will solve a lot of workplace stress and musculoskeletal disorders we have in dentistry.
I am currently studying for a MSc in vocational rehabilitation and wellbeing and I am committed to improving the workplace health and wellbeing of the dental professional

This is an interesting article. As someone from Scotland who works in the dental industry in NYC there is a definitely a difference in the way patients are treated in NYC verus Scotland, however I think it is changing. Dentists still have to make money though, so some will perform the procedures quicker than others – due to various skill levels. At the end of the day the most important thing seems to be does the dentist understand the patient and vice versa. When i think back to 30 years ago in south side of Glasgow dental office I don’t think there was much of that, although I’m sure at the time they did the best they could.

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