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As you play your favorite instrument, you don’t usually think about your smile. This can be dangerous and our dentist, Dr. Richard Cavallaro, 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 at risk. So, our dental team encourages you to take care of your oral health when you use an instrument by using our tips.

First, clean your instrument. Wind instruments can harbor bacteria and even mold. If this happens, using the instrument can make you sick. It is important to regularly clean your instrument thoroughly. If you need instruction on how to do so, feel free to research cleaning techniques online. There are many helpful resources available.

Second, protect your smile. Some wind instruments involve putting a lot of pressure on your teeth and lips, which can cause damage if you’re not cautious. The best thing you can do is wear a soft acrylic mouth guard when you play your instrument. This appliance can help protect your smile.

For more information and details about how to have a top-notch smile when you play an instrument in Lemon Grove, California, please reach out to Lemon Grove Dental Group, Inc at 619-569-1925 today. We look forward to serving you and your smile!