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Re: Pain in mouth from playing - Director
Sounds silly, and I know dry mouth is a thing.. but have you tried the following:
1. Quit smoking, if you do.
2. Quit drinking coffee/sugary drinks if you do.
3. Drink more water during the day.
4. Chew sugar-free gum between classes.
All of those can contribute to better oral health.
My primary is trombone but I've been playing trumpet quite a bit lately. Working region with the kids and playing when needed with high school down to beginners. Mostly pain on the front of my mouth. I've had to take a day or two off and play then it tends to return.
I had a dentist appointment today for a cleaning and had some slight inflamation around a tooth, but nothing serious. They asked about dry mouth as pushing a lot of air in and out can dry around the teeth and cause more buildup of tartar/plaque.
Anyone out there have a product to help with dry mouth or words of wisdom to help? Playing with the kids is an important part my job, especially the beginners. I watch the pressure I'm using when playing trumpet but it is possible I am using too much sometimes. Hitting some of those notes in the etudes is a bit much for a low brass guy on trumpet.
Last two weeks I've almost exclusively used trombone, minus one 45 minute session with a high school on trumpet. Maybe I need a good week to really help the gums get a break.