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Dental Clinic for Wind Players: A Medical Study of the Sound Emitting Apparatus of Brass Players

 
 

Copyright 2017, Mark Alan Wade

Primary Author: Nemoto, T.
Journal Title: Brass Bulletin
Date Published: 2001
Language: English
Category: Orofacial Disorders
Key Words: dental wind instrumental musician sound brass
Full Citation: Nemoto, Toshio. Dental Clinic for Wind Players: A Medical Study of the Sound Emitting Apparatus of Brass Players. Brass Bulletin 114 (2001): 47-51.
Full Abstract: Periodontosis is a breakdown of the periodontal tissues securing the teeth: alveolar [jaw] bone, ligaments and gingivae [gums]. It is imperative for wind players to take preventive measures to avoid this condition. The causes of Periodontosis fall into three groups: poor oral hygiene, mouthpiece pressure against an irregular dental arch or irregular teeth, and diabetes, obesity, extended medical treatments or osteoporosis. Symptoms include pain, itching or unpleasant sensations in the gums after playing. Other non-musical symptoms include bleeding of the gums after eating, brushing one's teeth or pus appearing after massaging the gums. If such signs occur, a dentist can make recommendations for treatment. One preventative measure is brushing the teeth using the Bass method: holding the brush at a 45 degree angle from the teeth.