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Year : 2018  |  Volume : 50  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 10-15

Relevance of yoga in dental education


Padma Yog Sadhana, A Unit of Terna Public Charitable Trust, Navi Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

Correspondence Address:
Anjali Deshpande
Padma Yog Sadhana, Above Auditorium, Terna Dental College, Sector 22, Plot 12, Opposite Nerul Railway Station, Nerul West, Navi Mumbai - 400 706, Maharashtra
India
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DOI: 10.4103/ym.ym_24_17

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Dental education is associated with a significant amount of stress and anxiety which may lead to depression and suicidal intent in few cases. Musculoskeletal disorder is also a prevalent occupational health problem in dental professionals. This alarming situation indicates a need to modify the current education system and provide timely interventions for physical and psychological health of our future dental professionals. There is a need to develop multidisciplinary team approach of integrating dental education with yoga to promote students' health and facilitate effective health-care services to the patients. This paper attempts to identify the application of yoga in dentistry and explores the possibility of incorporating yoga in dental education. Benefits of yoga greatly contribute to preventive dentistry and oral medicine as add-on therapy complementary to standard dental procedures. Yoga offers a promising, cost-effective, complementary, preventive, and therapeutic modality. Yogic practices are useful in quitting tobacco addiction. Yoga can be beneficial for comprehensive and sustained dental care and oral health. Dental professionals with knowledge of yoga can analyze, diagnose, and prescribe yoga for therapeutic benefits to their patients and help them reduce anxiety during dental treatment. Including yoga in dental curriculum will facilitate dental students to manage patients effectively, reduce occupational hazards, cope with stress, and improve academic performance. In future, more competent dental professionals with improved work efficiency will be produced. Incorporating yoga in dental education will facilitate positive health and well-being of future dental professionals, effective patient care, and improved health-care services to the community.


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