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Before You Play an Instrument, Go Talk to Your DentistBY: jaw lerom | Category: Health | Submitted: 2010-06-26 02:19:37
For those kids who might want to start playing a wind instrument, an orthodontist New York recommends a visit to the dentist first. 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. In one report he wrote for the Journal of the American Dental Association, he pointed out that millions of kids living in America are either playing an instrument they chose to play or are playing an instrument which was just carelessly picked out for them.
In the end, kids would end up with instruments not really meant for them because it doesn't dentally or temperamentally suit them. Would be musicians would then find themselves only able to play the instrument with a certain degree of skill without being particularly good at it. Because playing wind instruments may affect the dental condition of a person, a dentist must inform would be musicians as well as their teachers and parents about the various factors at work.
A dental consultation should be held with the child and the parents before a great amount of time, effort and money is spent in this pursuit. Wind instrumentalists who play single reed instruments are most likely victims of body tissue illnesses, dentists claim. There is a lot of pressure put on the lower lip and the teeth that support it because of the weight of the instrument. If you continue to put too much weight on the teeth, you could lessen the amount of blood that is needed to flow into the affected bone area.
The outward pressure that may be unintentionally exerted from the muscles of the jaw may force itself against the upper teeth and harm the alignment of the teeth. Playing brass instruments causes the lips to exert pressure also against the lower and upper teeth. A long duration of time spent playing these instruments would lead to the unnecessary movement of teeth. The oboe or bassoon is not a recommended instrument for one with irregular front teeth because he could suffer lip pain, nor is the flute recommended with a person who has a short upper lip.
Dental problems may also be caused by some string instruments. Certain studies indicate that faulty bite is a common problem of violinists since a lot of pressure is put on their jaw when they play. It is possible to avoid acquiring these dental problems if the would be musician would be given an oral examination especially of the tongue and lips. The recommendations given by the dentist would help you achieve oral and also ensure dental suitability for the kind of instrument you wish to play.
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. It never hurts to go see a dentist, it does when you don't.
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