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Choosing A Musical Instrument

Boy Playing Trumpet

Especially for Children, Musical Instruments Can Impact Teeth!

Playing a musical instrument can be a great hobby. It requires discipline and practice to master and can be an endless source of relaxation and joy. (For both the musician and audience as well.)

But, especially for growing children, certain musical instruments can leave the whole mouth singing the blues. In particular, playing woodwind instruments like the clarinet or oboe can place increased pressure on teeth and potentially disrupt alignment over time. In other cases, the instrument doesn’t necessarily have to go in the mouth to be a problem. The violin, fiddle, or viola (which are supported by the chin and collarbone) can cause issues for those with jaw problems.

Aspiring musicians with a preference for a given instrument can usually overcome physical obstacles and bring melodies to life, but musicians can make the most of their talents by choosing the instrument that best compliments their unique physical characteristics, and a dental evaluation can help that process!

Musical Instrument Considerations Include:

  • The current stage of Primary vs. Permanent teeth
  • Use of Orthodontic appliances
  • Overbite or protruding lower jaw
  • Large or small front teeth
  • Jaw problems
  • Whistling ability

About Dr. Jayson A. Chalmers

Jayson Chalmers was raised in Placerville, CA and graduated from El Dorado High School. He received his undergraduate degree in Anthropology from U.C. Berkeley. He went on to receive his dental degree from the University of California, San Francisco. After practicing as an associate dentist in Napa, CA, Dr. Chalmers returned to Sacramento to be closer to friends and family. He began practicing in his current location in January 2005.   Knowing that patients want to have the best options and treatment available to them, Dr. Chalmers has completed many hours of advanced educational training in general, implant, orthodontic, and cosmetic dentistry. He continues to learn and incorporate many of the latest dental technologies in his practice. Through the use of intraoral cameras, digital x-rays and computer imaging he can immediately show and explain all treatment options to the patient.   Dr. Chalmers is a member of many professional organizations, including the American Dental Association, the California Dental Association, the Sacramento District Dental Society, the Dental Organization for Conscious Sedation and is involved in local dental study groups. Dr. Chalmers also is an active participant in Smiles for Kids, where free dental services are provided to local children in need.   Dr. Chalmers and his wife, Desirae, are the parents of Ella and Ava. They are an outgoing family and are very involved in the Arden-Arcade community. As a family, they enjoy tending to their chickens and organic garden, splashing around in the pool and traveling to beachside locations. Dr. Chalmers personal interests include camping and fishing and watching and playing most sports.

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