If you suffer from bruxism (teeth grinding and clenching), our dentist may recommend a night guard to spare your teeth from the constant pressure and friction. Our night guards are custom fit and built for durability, but they can wear out over time. To preserve your night guard, we offer the following tips:
– Rinse your night guard thoroughly each morning. Rinsing your night guard with cool water will remove saliva and bacteria.
– Deep clean your night guard once a week. To clean your night guard, you can choose from a few different methods: toothpaste and a toothbrush, mouthwash, soap and water, mouth guard cleaning powders and tablets, or dental sanitizing devices.
– Store your night guard properly. After cleaning your night guard, dry it thoroughly and then store it away in its case. Make sure your case is also clean and sanitary to prevent contamination or bacterial growth. Keeping the case in a cool, dry area will preserve the plastic material of the night guard and prevent it from warping.
– Check your night guard for damage weekly. When you deep clean your night guard, we advise checking it for signs of wear or damage. Don’t use a damaged night guard; instead, bring it to your next dental checkup so that Dr. Dr. Christian Weber can examine it and fit you for a new one.
Remember, your night guard preserves your teeth and promotes long-lasting dental health, which is why it’s important to keep your night guard in good shape. For more information on caring for your night guard, contact Smiles Dental at 253.358.2265 to schedule an appointment.