Dentists and suicide?

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July 19, 2019 / By Epona
Question: You know, I have heard all my life about dentists being at such risk for commiting suicide, but I also keep hearing that it's a myth. I've just done a few searches for "dentist suicide," "dentist suicide rate," and "dentist suicide statistics," and I'm just not finding anything relevant. Can someone actually cite a study - even ONE study - or provide me with a link that supports the popular claim that dentists have a high risk of suicide? Thanks.
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Cis Cis | 7 days ago
This was directly from Pubmed, a handy online database that let's you search thousands of peer-reviewed journals. 1: J Am Dent Assoc. 2001 Jun;132(6):786-94. Links Stress-related suicide by dentists and other health care workers. Fact or folklore? * Alexander RE. Department of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery & Pharmacology, Baylor College of Dentistry, Texas A&M University System Health Science Center, P.O. Box 660677, Dallas, Texas 75266-0677, USA. [email protected] BACKGROUND: The media repeatedly portrays dentists and other health professionals as being at risk of committing suicide. While this message often is accepted without question, there are little reliable data available that verifies this alleged risk. The relationship between professional stress and suicide, if any, has not been substantiated or quantified. TYPES OF STUDIES REVIEWED: The author evaluated the contemporary literature on stress and suicide in health professionals in an effort to verify or refute the widely held belief that dentists and other health care professionals are at higher risk of committing stress-related suicide. The author also surveyed dental schools to determine what efforts were being made to provide students with stress-management skills. RESULTS: The author found that there is little valid evidence that dentists are more prone to suicide than the general population, although some related data suggest that female dentists may be more vulnerable. Large-scale studies are needed before firmer conclusions can be reached. The author's survey shows that dental students generally receive some education on stress management, but many dental hygiene and graduate students do not. The author makes several recommendations for future research. CLINICAL IMPLICATIONS: Although some dentists leave the profession by way of suicide or career change at a time when their careers should be the most rewarding, available data on stress and its impact on suicide incidence are inconclusive and flawed. The profession needs to identify the causes of stress-related suicides and provide assistance to those people who are affected by stress. PMID: 11433860 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
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Cis Originally Answered: What do dentists look for in a dental assistant?
In no particular order here....First impressions mean the difference in getting the job or pounding the pavement!!! eye contact, when he is speaking with you, don't shy away from his INTERACTING WITH YOU...If** you are a confident person, you will engage his speaking with you and looking at you direct. PERSONAL GROOMING, CLEAN HAIR***. Don't go to the interview looking like you belong in CLEOPATRAS MAKEUP ROOM...Be as NATURAL as you can, and a foregon conclusion of WHITE, SPARKLING TEETH, that look like they have been taken care...You should RADIATE GOOD PHYSICAL AND DENTAL HEALTH.....He, the dentist has already made his mind up during that INITIAL GREETING UPON MEETING YOU, all that in 60 seconds or less.....So, it is IMPERATIVE that the CONFIDENCE LEVEL BE THERE.... So, he comes out and greets you with a handshake, that is your moment to SHINE....Give him a HEART Shake, not something like you are shaking hands with a wet rag....He more than likely will say tell me something about yourself, maybe discuss your hobbies, volunteering...You must have answered an add in the paper, so what the content was in your notation, he liked it, and you got the interview, so that is good !! Maybe he liked your penmanship, maybe your letter was critiqued, in point form...He would be looking for a RELIABLE, PUNCTUAL, HONEST, TRUSTWORTHY, NON GUM CHEWING, WILLLING TO STAY LATE.ON OCCASION, ABLE TO FOLLOW INSTRUCTIONS WITHOUT QUESTION HIS REASONING, A PLEASING PERSONALITY WITH THE PATIENT N THE CHAIR...His questions to you, he is also thinking of how you relate to him and how you would relate to patient conversing....Your heart really has to be in DENTAL ASSISTING, it is not all about wearing the uniform and collecting the cheque.....You must sincerely like the aspect of dental assisting and all that it encompasses, so that it BECOMES A LABOUR OF LOVE....You and the dentist work hand in hand, 7.5 hrs daily, so PERSONALITIES could clash if 2 persons were headstrong!!! Helps if you are a CHEERY person, light hearted and like to please.....Why should he hire you.....Again, you should know yourself to the letter "T"....Don't come across as being rehearsed for the interview, but mention, your attention to detail,punctual, this is the job that you TRULY want, etc, etc, etc, He just might ask you WHERE YOU SEE YOURSELF in 5 years from today!!! Again, don't shy away from his EYE CONTACT, that is another way for him to test your truthfulness, If you don't know, don't say, I DONOT KNOW...GIVE SOME ANSWER TO THE QUESTION.....No dentist or any other employer likes to HIRE and then 5 months into the job, you hand in your notice...That is why they tend to start the wage, lower than expected for that reason...You have to EARN your dollar figure, and no doubt there will be a PROBATIONARY PERIOD, an ADJUSTMENT PERIOD.......Aother questiion is from him....How much are you expecting monthly ?? Don't ***** say, how much are you paying...That is a question with a question...NO/No.....Say, Well, I don't live at home, and have a car,,,,etc, my monthly expenses are $$$$.......So I would apppreciate this figure . Hopefully you will be happy with my employment in 6 months and at that time I would appreciate a REVIEW !!!!!! . An employed likes a COMPETENT person, who can also talk SENSE, and that he can talk TO, and not talk DOWN TO.... In closing, just be yourself, smile alot, show those teeth, and be cordial......My best to you....

Bailee Bailee
The reason that the suicide rate for dentists is higher than in other medical professions is because they're always so down in the mouth (sorry, that was just too easy). Seriously...here is a site that cites some actual research statistics. http://www.straightdope.com/columns/0104...
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Ada Ada
I can't cite a study, but I think it's a myth. I'm not a dentist, but I work in the dental industry. It's been my observation that most dentists love their work. My own dentist didn't retire until he was in his early 80's. He didn't need the money. He just loved dentistry.
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Tad Tad
According to this article I read, it's really difficult to be positive of the accuracy of most suicide rates anyway. Personally, I think her resources are a little outdated, but check out this website for the article. Studies?? I don't have that kind of time right now, but I am sure the results would be fascinating http://www.straightdope.com/columns/010420.html
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Pearce Pearce
I've never heard that. My dentist seems really happy. It would be a really big shock if he commited suicide.
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Louie Louie
I have heard this too. Go to google. Or go to your public library and ask your librarian or check the periodicals. I know teenagers have a high suicde rate, especially in Japan.
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Louie Originally Answered: Do dentists do any pro bono work at all?
Many of us do, on a case by case basis. Unlike lawyers, we have more "stuff" needed to get the job done. Kansas City has a dental school, but Mo. is a big state. (unfortunately, the school in St. Louis closed. You can ask your dentist, but from what I've seen, many dentists want the $$ up front. You can check to see if your dentist is wiling to "work with you" on the fee and payment plan. Some are, some aren't. It is important to the dentist your "track record" (how long you've been a patient and payment history) To say we get burned alot is an understatement. Good luck

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