Toothpaste Defeats Trumpeteering

Discussion in 'Trumpet Discussion' started by tedh1951, May 27, 2008.

  1. tedh1951

    tedh1951 Utimate User

    Oct 18, 2007
    The Wide Brown Land
    Just a simple question for you all - based on a discussion I had recently with a mate who does a lot of Commemorative trumpeting (bugling). He is a member of the Royal Australian Navy Reserve Band and is called upon to celebrate the passing of Ex Servicemen at their funerals, a task I would be unable to complete, even though I can competently play the piece.

    He tells me that he had a performance some time ago where his rendition of the Last Post was faulty and he couldn't work out why. His mouth was dry, and his wife, a nurse, worked out that the drying agent in his toothpaste could have been the cause.

    Does anyone brush their teeth without paste prior to a performance, or is this a smokescreen (furfy)?
  2. tunefultrumpet

    tunefultrumpet Pianissimo User

    Apr 9, 2008
    New Zealand
    hmmm, I have cleaned my teeth before gigs for eons and never had that problem.....I have found that my mouth dries out if sometimes if I am nervous though and that makes it harder to play. But there are lots of different types of toothpaste out there...don't use one if it makes your mouth dry out, I suppose.
  3. et_mike

    et_mike Mezzo Forte User

    Oct 16, 2007
    Chesapeake, VA
    I guess in theory it makes sense, doesn't make sense that this performance was the only time it happened though. If it truely was because of his toothpaste, you would think he would notice it every time he brushed his teeth.
  4. oldlips48

    oldlips48 Piano User

    Mar 1, 2007
    I don't know about the dry mouth, but I found an old Jet-tone "Studio A" mouthpiece in a music store once, and a little bit of Crest toothpaste brought the shine out nicely!
  5. jazztrumpet33

    jazztrumpet33 New Friend

    Jul 19, 2006
    I'm not sure about toothpaste, but I know that for me I never use mouthwash before I play because that really dries out my mouth.
  6. teacherchops

    teacherchops New Friend

    Jul 15, 2007
    Charlottetown, P.E.I.
    I personally like to brush my teeth with toothpaste prior to dry mouth, but for me I feel that I play better with fresh breath :cool: Maybe it's the brand???
  7. trumpetdude69

    trumpetdude69 New Friend

    Jan 13, 2008
    well when i brush my teeth before i play i usually have a little dryness but it goes away after a small warm up
  8. tedh1951

    tedh1951 Utimate User

    Oct 18, 2007
    The Wide Brown Land
    Hmmmm, curioser and curioser - no definitive answer yet, perhaps our ICU Nurse has a thought?

    I think, in fairness, this particular performance was closer to the teeth laundry than normal.
  9. commakozzi

    commakozzi Pianissimo User

    Oct 30, 2007
    Georgia, USA
    I brush before I play, which can be several times a day. It never bothers me, and I actually have a problem with TOO much saliva during playing. The only problem I've had in regards to tooth paste is that the current paste I'm using is for sensitive teeth, and that paste apparently has some pain killing properties that somewhat numb my mouth (lips, tongue, etc.). It's only a very slight effect, but I can tell nonetheless. Otherwise, no, I've never had a problem with "dry mouth" associated with tooth paste. It may have been nerves.
  10. tedh1951

    tedh1951 Utimate User

    Oct 18, 2007
    The Wide Brown Land
    So, 90% mental, 9% physical, 1% toothpaste?:dontknow:

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