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Dental Problems in the Wind Instrumentalist

 
 

Copyright 2017, Mark Alan Wade

Primary Author: Fine, L.
Journal Title: Cleveland Clinic Quarterly
Date Published: Spring 1986
Language: English
Category: Orofacial Disorders
Key Words: dental wind instrumental musician
Full Citation: Fine, Louis. Dental Problems in the Wind Instrumentalist. Cleveland Clinic Quarterly 53, no. 1 (Spring 1986): 3-9.
Full Abstract: A healthy mouth with intact functional oral tissue is essential to the wind instrumentalist. Since perioral pressures from playing wind instruments can cause tooth movement and increase muscle tone, orthodontic consultation should be considered when selecting instruments for young players. Maintaining the integrity of the dental arches through regular dental examination, preventative dental procedures, the use of lip shields, bonding materials, replacement prostheses, and splinting and supporting mobile teeth can circumvent loss of tooth structure, malpositioning of teeth, unnecessary tooth extraction, and loss of soft tissue. Complete dentures usually prevent playing; however, improved denture retention methods offer hope for continued playing. Xerostomia and oral cancer are potential problems that become more likely with age and are especially serious for the wind instrumentalist.