​Tackling stress in dentistry



Our research shows that 39 per cent of community dentists and almost half of GDPs reported high levels of stress. This is compared to an average of around 15 per cent for all British workers.

We want to find out what the causes of stress are so that we can find solutions to support dentists and to help foster positive working environments.

Each year, as part of our submission to the Review Body on Doctors' and Dentists' Pay (DDRB), the organisation that makes recommendations to Government on dentists pay, we submit our findings on the morale and motivation of dentists on the ground, and the impact this can have on patient care.

What is the BDA doing?

Promoting wellbeing and looking at the causes of stress and burnout are key strategic aims for the BDA, and we are currently investigating the underlying reasons for low levels of morale and job satisfaction.

We are doing a programme of research to find out the causes of stress in dental working environments and to work on providing solutions to coping with stress and burnout.

We will be investigating the perceptions and attitudes towards mental health issues in the profession, the risk factors of stress and burnout, the current provision and support for dentists who are experiencing difficulties and what other strategies might be helpful in supporting our members.

How can we support you?

If you are experiencing stress, and you feel it's negatively affecting you, our advice page signposts where you can go for further help or support. 

BDA branches and sections are a great way to meet with other dentists in your area, who can help support you both professionally and personally, get in touch with your local group to find out more.

The BDA Benevolent Fund is also available for dentists who are experiencing financial difficulties.

Further advice

  • Samaritans provides confidential support to anyone experiencing difficulties or in distress (08457 90 90 90)
  • ACAS: Stress at work (advisory booklet)

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