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One’s Dental Health Threatened By Musical Instrument Playing

By Isabella Bell

Before your child starts playing a kind of musical instrument, particularly a wind instrument such as a clarinet or saxophone, a New York orthodontist strongly recommends that you check first with your dentist. The dentist said that some kind of instruments with some individuals could cause a variety of dental problems, ranging from faulty alignment of teeth to gum difficulties. He said in a report published in a recent issue of the Journal of the American Dental Association that millions of American children are playing some kind of instruments they selected themselves or are studying music in schools using instruments that may have been assigned to them on a haphazard basis.

The children would see then that they were just not meant to play certain instruments because it does not fit them dentally or temperamentally. Many of the kids would have difficulty excelling in the instrument and getting past the mediocre stage. Wind instruments may directly cause dental problems, and any good dentist must inform musicians, teachers, and parents about this.

It is recommended that a dental consultation first take place before making any decision in the part of child and parents to pursue the playing of that instrument. Wind instrumentalists often have problems with body tissue illnesses which are most often caused by single reed instruments, the dentists point out. One way to explain this is the good deal of weight that the instrument puts on the lower lip supported by the teeth. Putting pressure on the teeth too frequently could lessen the amount of blood that is supposed to enter the affected bone area.

He also pointed out that the jaw muscles unintentionally create strong outward pressure against the upper teeth, thus creating misalignment of teeth. Also, playing the brass instruments, like the trumpet, trombone and horns, causes compression of the lips against the upper and lower teeth. He said extended periods of playing these instruments have caused some mobility or unnecessary movement of the teeth. The flute is a difficult instrument for someone with a short upper lip, while discomfort on the lips would be the problem of someone with irregular front teeth when he plays the oboe or bassoon.

Apparently, even string instruments can be held responsible for dental problems. He says that previously done studies point to continuous violin playing as a cause of faulty bite since a lot of pressure is applied to the jaw as it holds the violin against the shoulder. Keeping these kinds of dental problems out of the mouths of would be musicians is possible with a careful oral examination. You as a would be musician may very well have a chance to play your musical instrument without having a handicap just so long as you get early recommendations from your dentist.

Starting your dental checkups very early is never a disadvantange, in fact you should so you don’t end up with problems later on. Having a checkup or consultation before playing a musical instrument is definitely a wise decision. Singing or sports is another sign to see your dentist first.

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Bell, Isabella "One’s Dental Health Threatened By Musical Instrument Playing." One’s Dental Health Threatened By Musical Instrument Playing. 4 Jul. 2010. 13 Sep 2014 <>.

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