Do you grind or clench your teeth? Do you have a night guard that fights the effects of teeth grinding? Your night guard should be one of your most treasured possessions because it keeps your teeth strong and healthy, which is why we encourage you to take proper care of your night guard.
Your night guard spends all night in your mouth, so it needs a good flushing each morning after it’s used. Rinsing it in cool water will remove saliva and bacteria.
Once a week, you should deep clean your night guard. You can choose from several different cleansing methods: toothpaste and a toothbrush, mouthwash, soap and water, mouth guard cleansing tablets and powders, or dental sanitizing devices. If you’re unsure which method to choose, you can ask Dr. Michelle Metcalf for advice.
Along with deep cleans, weekly examinations will help you detect any signs of damage or wear. Night guards are built to be durable, but they can wear out or break down over time. If you suspect your night guard is damaged, contact Smiles Dental so that you can be fitted for a new one.
After you clean and examine your night guard, it needs to be stored in its dry, sanitized case to prevent contamination. Avoid stashing the case in a damp, stuffy area, or else the plastic material of the night guard may warp and become unusable.
Properly caring for your night guard will ensure your teeth stay strong and healthy for a long time. If you are in need of a night guard in Spokane, Washington, or you would like more information about how to care for your night guard, contact Smiles Dental at 509.850.3050. We welcome you into our office and look forward to answering your questions.