When you play a musical instrument that involves the mouth, you may be worried about the effect that it could have on your teeth in the future. It is possible for a musical instrument to damage your teeth, and will you need to care for your oral health more than a non-musical person? Here's a look at the potential damage and things you can do to protect your teeth.
Let Your Dentist Know
Dentists need to know that you play a musical instrument. A slight change in the positioning of your teeth could lead to you being unable to play your instrument properly. You would need to retrain and figure out how to get around the change. When a dentist is aware of your hobby or job, he or she can ensure as little change is made as possible.
Know Your Teeth reports that the Academy of General Dentistry recently stated in AGD Impact that musicians need special care and attention for their teeth.
Tooth or Lip Trauma
But what about the impact on your teeth due to the playing of the instrument? Tooth and lip trauma are common with brass and wind musicians. For most, the mild trauma will do little damage, but this depends on how often it happens. It is possible to damage the teeth and gums to the point that the enamel wears away quicker and the gums are more at risk of disease.
Damage to the lip tissue can also occur from blowing, and this can lead to discomfort and pain. There are guards that you can buy to protect your lips.
There is the chance of bacteria buildup. This will happen within the instrument if it is not cleaned out properly after use. The bacteria is then inhaled, and it can lead to it settling within the gums. Gum disease then becomes more of a problem, even with normal oral hygiene. You will need to make sure your instrument is fully cleaned out after every single practice session.
More Crossbite/Overbite Risk
Depending on the musical instrument you play, you may be at further risk of a crossbite or overbite. This isn't due to the blowing, but due to posture. In fact, violin and viola players are more at risk of this happening due to the positioning of their necks. When children are young, limit their playing and practice time. As they get older, you can consider letting them play for longer.
Playing a musical instrument is a great skill to possess, but it can lead to problems with the teeth. It's important to let your dentist know that you play and what you play, so they can treat and advise you in the best way. Click here to investigate further, or speak to a local dentist for more information.