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#120 – How Dental Health Affects Voice Actors with Max Silver

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Wondering how to get rid of mouth noises? Looking for ways to sound your best? Max Silver joins us to discuss the role hydration plays in good voicing, why brushing and flossing makes a difference to your reads and everything that goes into vocal performance from a dentist’s point of view. He also gives his opinion on which apple is best to bring with you into the studio to reduce sibilance!

Hi there and welcome to Vox Talk, your weekly review from the world of voice over. I’m your host, Stephanie Ciccarelli from Voices. On today’s show, Max Silver joins us to share tips that will set you up for success in the booth. With his unique perspective and combined passions of dentistry and voice acting, you’re sure to learn a lot of practical tips from Max. He speaks from experience!

Pesky mouth noises and sibilance, be gone. Get a pen and paper ready because you’re going to want to take notes!

Hi Max, welcome to the show!


At the time of recording, you're about to graduate from the University of Toronto, Doctor of Dental Surgery. Congratulations! It's always interesting to see someone in the medical field pursuing work in the performing arts. Can you tell us a bit about your journey as a voice talent and dentistry student?

If we could all be a fly on the wall of your home studio, what would we see you doing to prepare for a voice over recording? How about a day-in-the-life of a voice actor who thinks like a dentist?

Can you describe the mechanics of speech production from a dental perspective?

There's a famous tongue twister that goes "the lips, the teeth, the tip of the tongue." Can you walk us through how that tongue twister plays out in real life when we form words?

What kind of food and drinks should voice actors avoid before a recording session?

Why is flossing important? What does it do health wise and how does flossing your teeth affect speech production?

How does hydration (or lack thereof) play a role in the formation of those annoying mouth noises?

What are some steps actors can take to minimize mouth noises? Are there any tips you can share on fixing an issue in a pinch?

What are some examples of dental trauma that would affect voice actors, and how do they overcome them? I'm thinking about a chipped or missing tooth and the like.

Outside of regular checkups and cleanings, when should someone go to the dentist and what role can a dentist play in the success of voice actors under their care?

What's one simple thing voice actors can do for their oral health today that will make a big difference to how they sound?

Thank you for joining us, Max! Before we go, what is the best way to learn more about you? Do you have a website we can visit?


And that's the way we saw the world through the lens of voice over this week. Thank you for joining us today and a warm thank you to Max Silver, our special guest! If you found this conversation interesting, don't keep it to yourself. Share the link to this episode with your friends! We invite great guests like Max on Vox Talk because we want you to succeed and have fun while you're doing it.

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Vox Talk is produced by Geoff Bremner and hosted by yours truly, Stephanie Ciccarelli. Thank you again for tuning in and we'll see you next week.

Stephanie Ciccarelli
Stephanie Ciccarelli is a Co-Founder of Voices. Classically trained in voice as well as a respected mentor and industry speaker, Stephanie graduated with a Bachelor of Musical Arts from the Don Wright Faculty of Music at the University of Western Ontario. For over 25 years, Stephanie has used her voice to communicate what is most important to her through the spoken and written word. Possessing a great love for imparting knowledge and empowering others, Stephanie has been a contributor to The Huffington Post, Backstage magazine, Stage 32 and the Voices.com blog. Stephanie is found on the PROFIT Magazine W100 list three times (2013, 2015 and 2016), a ranking of Canada's top female entrepreneurs, and is the author of Voice Acting for Dummies®.
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