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Celebrating the life and work of Maurice Porter

Maurice Porter was a pioneering dentist in the latter half of the 20th century - he provided treatments to help professional and amateur wind instrument musicians achieve a lip seal (embouchure), when they were affected by poor oral health.

Celebrating the life and work of Maurice Porter (1909–1986): ​The challenge of the perfect embouchure

Temporary Exhibition: Opens Thursday 30th April 2020 to Wednesday 30th September 2020, BDA Museum



This exhibition will include Maurice Porter’s published research and the dental treatments he pioneered in the latter half of the 20th century to improve the lip-seal (embouchure) for wind and brass instrument players.

Working with both professional and amateur wind instrument musicians, many with poor oral health, he managed to restore a proper lip seal allowing them to perform with confidence.

Each type of wind instrument requires its own unique form of mouth seal.


Through his research, Maurice Porter understood the importance of a musician’s lip musculature and with his dental skills was able to restore many players to a life of musical excellence. 


For more information, contact the BDA Museum.


​BDA Museum

The BDA Museum has one of the largest collections of dental heritage in the UK. Spanning the 17th to the present day, highlights of the collection include dental chairs, drills, oral hygiene products, and the infamous 'Waterloo' teeth. 

The BDA Museum is located at 64 Wimpole Street, London, W1G 8YS, find out more details and our opening times.