A custom-fitted night guard is a very effective tool for helping people protect their mouth from the damage caused by grinding their teeth. It represents a serious investment in protecting your teeth and improving the quality of your sleep. With the proper care and maintenance, the night guard can last for a long time to come.
The night guard is custom fitted to match your particular bite pattern and the shape of your mouth. The comfort provided by these night guards encourages regular use. This helps them preserve your teeth from the damage caused by grinding your teeth at night.
You should thoroughly rinse your night guard each morning with cold water to remove any bacteria or plaque buildup. After rinsing, you should dry the mouth guard with a clean paper towel before putting it away. A wet night guard can harbor and encourage bacterial growth.
Once a week you can give the night guard a gentle brushing with a soft-bristled toothbrush. Just be sure to use nonabrasive toothpaste. While abrasive toothpaste is good for removing food particles and plaque from your teeth, it can cause unnecessary wear and tear to a night guard over time.
You should try to clean the case itself at least once a week with warm, soapy water to kill any bacteria that might transfer from the night guard.
If you have questions about getting a custom night guard or how to maintain your current one, please give us a call at 718-673-8060 to schedule an appointment.