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Properly Caring for a Mouth Guard

Posted on 12/20/2016 by Boeckel
A dentist holding a mouth guard.
Mouth guards serve a couple of different purposes. You might wear a mouth guard at night if you suffer from bruxism, or the clenching of grinding of your teeth.

A custom fit mouth guard is meant to cushion your teeth and protect them, and your jaw, from unnecessary wear.

Or, perhaps you're involved in a contact athletic sport. These mouth guards act as a cushion against damages should you be hit or tackled. No matter which type of mouth guard you wear, it is important to properly care for it to ensure its longevity.

Teeth Cleaning

It's very important to clean your mouth guard after each use. This helps to prevent the growth of any bacteria. Use toothpaste and a toothbrush to gently clean every surface. For the best prevention against bacteria, brush your teeth before and after you use your mouth guard as well.

Store it Correctly
For some nighttime mouth guards, this means keeping it stored in cool water when not in use. But for other nighttime guards, and sports mouth guards, storage should be in a clean container that is ventilated, so that it dries properly. The case should be cleaned regularly to prevent any unwanted growth.

No matter how you store your mouth guard, don't leave it out in the open. Pets or young children have a knack for finding things they shouldn't and they might make off with your guard.

Check for Wear
Neither nighttime mouth guards nor sports mouth guards are meant to last forever. They will eventually wear out, thus losing their effectiveness. For this reason, it is important to periodically (at least weekly) check it over for signs of wear or damages. Inspect it for cracks, rough patches, pits or any other signs of wear. If you spot any, it's time to get a replacement.

Mouth guards are made to protect your teeth. Protect your mouth guard by taking proper care of it, and it will always effectively do what it was designed to do.

Please contact our office if you have any questions about your mouth guard.









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