The Hidden Risks in Your Child’s Hobby | Gleam Pediatric Dentistry

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Is your child involved in playing a musical instrument? While participating in the school band or learning an instrument at home can be enriching hobbies, there are potential health risks to consider, especially with instruments like the flute, saxophone, or clarinet that require mouth contact. Here’s how you can ensure your child stays healthy while enjoying their musical pursuits.

The Health Risks Associated with Musical Instruments

The issue doesn’t just lie with the mouthpiece of the instrument. Many school band programs loan instruments to students, and if these instruments aren’t properly sanitized between users, they can become breeding grounds for bacteria and fungi. According to the Academy of General Dentistry, woodwind and brass instruments are particularly prone to harboring bacteria. Proper sanitation practices can significantly reduce the bacteria present on these instruments.

Understanding the Dangers of Bacteria

A study published in the journal of the Academy of General Dentistry in 2011 shed light on the extent of bacteria found on school instruments. After one week of use, thirteen instruments tested from a high school revealed over 442 different types of bacteria, along with molds and yeasts. Some of these bacteria can be harmful, leading to conditions such as staph infections, asthma, and skin infections. Additionally, certain bacteria have become resistant to antibiotics, making instrument cleaning even more crucial.

Steps to Reduce Infection Risks

It’s essential to sterilize your child’s instrument after each use, whether it’s their own or a loaned one. Focus on keeping the mouthpiece clean and free of bacteria. Disassembling the instrument and cleaning it with a fresh cloth daily can help maintain your child’s health.

Learning a musical instrument can be a wonderful and educational experience for your child. Understanding the risks of inadequate sanitation and following proper cleaning procedures will help keep them happy and healthy. At Gleam Pediatric Dentistry, we encourage families to visit the dentist at least twice a year to prevent oral health complications.

For more information or to schedule your child’s next dental appointment, please contact Gleam Pediatric Dentistry today. Your child’s health and happiness are our top priorities.

Gleam Pediatric Dentistry of Marlton
Phone: 856-291-6888
270 N Elmwood Rd ste h-140
Marlton, NJ 08053