Suicide rate in the dental profession: Fact or myth and coping strategies

Brian M. Lange, Eric Y.K. Fung, David G. Dunning

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This article summarizes relevant scientific data on the alleged high suicide rate among dentists as compared to other health care professions. Potential contributing risk factors for the dental profession are identified. In addition, a brief review is provided for major depressive disorder, a contributor to increased suicide, along with its symptoms, underlying theory, drug treatment and coping skills to combat this disorder.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)164-168
Number of pages5
JournalDental Hypotheses
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 2012
Externally publishedYes


  • Dental suicide rate
  • dentist
  • major depressive disorder
  • suicide

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Dentistry


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