MANY ADULTS WEAR night guards to help keep them from grinding their teeth at night Keeping your night guard in good shape makes it last longer and keeps your mouth healthy. If you have a specially fitted night guard from Dental Partners of Boston, follow these tips to keep it in good shape.
4 Important Steps To Keep Your Night Guard Clean
1- Rinse your mouth guard with cool water after every use. It is important to use cold water because hot water may change the shape of the mouth guard.
2- Wash your night guard in mouthwash. Submerging your night guard in mouthwash will help kill the germs left on your mouthguard. After you have submerged it in mouthwash rinse it with cool water. Do NOT soak your night guard in mouthwash, as that may cause damage.
3- If you have a plastic mouth guard, you can brush your guard using a soft bristle toothbrush and toothpaste. Gently brush your mouthguard and then rinse with cool water.
4- Store your night guard in a protective case. Usually guards come with their own protective cases for easy storage. Keeping it in the container will ensure your night guard remains clean and undamaged. If your night guard didn’t come with a case, you can find one at your local pharmacy. An old retainer case also works well for storage.
Do You Need A Night Guard?
About one in five adults clenches or grinds their teeth at night, often without even knowing. While this may seem harmless, it can cause major damage to teeth and dental work down the road. It can also cause major stress and pain to the head and jaw.
A night guard can protect you from these problems. If you think you grind your teeth, please talk to us about being fitted for a comfortable, effective night guard from Dental Partners of Boston.
We hope you these tips will help keep your night guard in excellent condition. If you have questions regarding night guards please contact us.