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If you’re a musician, whether you play the piano, tuba, or harmonica, music is your passion. As you play your favorite instrument, you don’t usually think about your smile. This can be dangerous and our dentist, Dr. Rob Holdridge, asks you to keep your smile in mind. If you’re not careful, the bacteria on your instrument, the pressure on your mouth from playing, and even the way you use your instrument can put your teeth, gums, and smile in danger. So, our dental team encourages to take good care of your oral health when you use an instrument by using our tips.

First, clean your instrument regularly. Unfortunately, instruments harbor many bacteria and molds that can make you sick, especially if you use your mouth to play the instrument. So, make sure you clean your instruments regularly and well. This can not only help you have a top-notch health and smile, but it can also help your instrument play its very best. For help cleaning the instrument, feel free to research it online. There are many helpful tools available!

Second, project your teeth, gums, and jaw. Sometimes using a wind or brass instrument can present problems for delicate and fragile lip tissue, gum tissue, and growing teeth. This is because there are immense amounts of pressure on the mouth when using the instrument. The best way to protect your smile while playing is by wearing an acrylic mouthguard.

If you have any questions or if you would like to know more about how to protect your smile while you play instruments in Wheaton, Illinois, please reach out to our dental team by dialing 630-668-3423. We are more than happy to help you!