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Dental Clinic for Wind Players: The Effect of Overbrushing Teeth for Wind Players

 
 

Copyright 2017, Mark Alan Wade

Primary Author: Nemoto, T.
Journal Title: Brass Bulletin
Date Published: 1997
Language: English
Category: Orofacial Disorders
Key Words: teeth dental wind instrumental performance musician overbrushing
Full Citation: Nemoto, Toshio. Dental Clinic for Wind Players: The Effect of Overbrushing Teeth for Wind Players. Brass Bulletin 98 (1997): 84-7.
Full Abstract: Tooth enamel is the hardest substance in the human body, but over-brushing can wear it away over time. This usually occurs when the person is between thirty-five and forty years of age. Brushing too rigorously with an up and down stroke can cause the gums to recede and expose the roots of the teeth. Rough brushing may also cause air leaks that can lead to puffing in the cheeks, especially in low brass players. The best advice is to keep dental hygiene a careful, conscious act, rather than a mindless routine.