Used Musical Instruments May Pose Cavity Risk
Playing a musical instrument can contribute to the development of a well-rounded child who is intelligent, thoughtful and cultivated. However what instrument they play and where the device has come from may also increase the odds of the spreading the bacteria associated with cavities.
Woodwind and brass instruments are costly and schools typically offer children loaners to master. Those used instruments can be coated in both bacteria and fungi, according to the March/April 2011 issue of General Dentistry. Without the proper sanitation, those organisms can thrive and be passed onto the next student. According to Cynthia Sherwood, DDS, FAGD, a spokesperson for the AGD, "As dentists, we see this same growth of bacteria in dentures, athletic mouth guards, and toothbrushes.â€
Scientists collected samples from 13 previously played instruments belonging to a high school band. Some of the instruments were played recently while others were not touched for months. Despite the time used, 442 different bacteria were unearthed. Some common organisms found were Staphylococcus, yeast and molds (Dental Tribune).
Cavity Prevention Tips
Suggesting that a parent stop doting on their child or that lovers stop kissing is futile. Instead, individuals are advised to pay special attention to the dental care regime to minimize the risks of cavities and tooth decay from gaining the upper hand. All adults are advised to eat a healthy diet low in sugar, drink clean water, brush and floss daily and go see the dentist for regular check-ups and cleanings.
Caregivers have the additional burden of protecting their little bundles of joy from the disease. Once the first baby tooth breaks the gum line, parents should need to start wiping down juniors' gums after feeding to prevent tooth decay. Water should become the preferred beverage of choice and parents should start taking their children to a family dentist.
Individuals concerned about preventing cavities both in themselves and their loved ones can seek the professional advice of a skilled dentist. 1-800-DENTIST can easily provide those in need with the contact information of a great dentist, screened for their experience, license status and specialties.