SUPERFIT Bolton dentist is leading a campaign to help young dentists nationwide overcome the stress of their profession and reduce suicide rates.
Last month, Dr Zuber Bagasi of the Synergy Dental Group spoke to around 600 dental students from across the country at a British Dental Association (BDA) event in Manchester.
He spoke of the urgent need to address “the harmful stress and anxiety in the dental profession” and suggested ways to help.
He said: “There is a very high suicide rate among dentists – higher than other professions – and I want to help improve their mental and physical well-being.”
Dr Bagasi, who lives in Lostock, has established dental practices in the North West as well as two in Bolton.
“It’s really important to balance all the stress of dealing directly with patients, with their health and their expectations,” he added.
“This stress can lead to drug and alcohol abuse if people can’t find a way to balance their lives. This needs to be tackled very early in a dentist’s career, so talking to students is definitely the best way to go.
Dr Bagasi believes that an active interest in fitness – especially running, cycling and swimming – can be very helpful.
He has been practicing them himself since graduation and has competed in marathons and the Ironman 2018 in Bolton.
He’s a member of Tri Rivington and completed this year’s Half-Ironman in seven hours 52 minutes last month, which involved a 1.2 mile swim, 56 miles of cycling and 13.1 miles.
The dentist said the BDA had created a charitable fund to help dentists’ welfare because they were “well aware” of the situation in the profession.
Dr Bagasi was also recently elected president of his local mosque and promotes the importance of health and well-being to young people there and in the community at large.