If you are suffering from bruxism, or teeth grinding/clenching, especially when you are fast asleep, it is best that you wear a nighttime mouth guard for three reasons.
One, it will protect your teeth from the excessive pressure of grinding, which often results in chipped and sensitive teeth.
Secondly, mouth guards can help free yourself from morning pains (jaw and face) and headaches after a night of teeth grinding. And lastly, it can help you sleep more soundly as it provides comfort and helps your facial and jaw muscles to relax.
Night Guard Care Tips
Considering that you wear your night guard every day, it is important that you observe proper care habits not only to preserve its quality for a long time, but to prevent the growth of bacteria that can harm your general health as well.
Make sure to brush your night guard every morning after using it. Use a toothbrush with toothpaste to do so and rinse it with cold water to deter the growth of bacteria. Refrain from using alcohol or any harsh chemicals that can ruin the integrity of the mouth guard material.
For a more intense cleansing ritual, you can use a denture cleaning tablet to sterilize your mouth guard once a week.
You should also clean the container of your mouth guard regularly to prevent the development of harmful bacteria. Do not forget to keep your night guard inside the container when you are traveling or during the times you are not using it so that it will not gather dust and dirt.
Make sure to inspect your night guard regularly as well so you can readily notice if there is damage, discoloration, and other irregularities. Do bring your night guard when you visit us from time to time as well, so we can carefully check if it still suitable for you.
If you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment, please call us at (916) 683-1335 today.