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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. Chad Catron, 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 in danger. But never fear! There are some things that you can do to protect your teeth while playing an instrument.

First, clean your instrument. Wind instruments can harbor bacteria and even mold. When this happens, using the instrument can make you sick. Be sure to regularly clean your instrument thoroughly. If you need help doing so, feel free to research cleaning techniques online.

Second, protect your smile. Some instruments involve putting a lot of pressure on your teeth and lips. This can cause damage if you’re not careful. 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 Stilwell, Oklahoma, please reach out to Catron Family Dentistry at 918-696-4200 at your earliest convenience.