Tips for Keeping Your Custom Nightguard Clean & in Good ShapeNovember 30, 2023 9:00 am
A nightguard is a commonly used oral appliance designed to protect your smile from the negative effects of teeth grinding. If you’ve invested in a custom nightguard, you understand the importance of keeping it in good shape. Follow these simple steps to ensure that your nightguard remains clean and effective.
1. Rinse After Waking Up
Once you wake up for the day, carefully remove your nightguard and rinse it under cool or lukewarm water. This will wash away residual saliva or plaque from the appliance. Remember: using excessively hot water could weaken or warp the plastic. Periodically, you may need to soak your custom nightguard in a cup of water with a denture tablet.
2. Gently Brush
Next, use a soft-bristled toothbrush and soapy water to clean the nooks and crannies of your nightguard. Avoid using toothpaste or other abrasive substances that could damage the nightguard’s surface.
3. Air Dry
After it’s clean and rinsed, allow your nightguard to air dry completely before storing it. Bacteria thrive in moist environments, so be sure there aren’t any lingering wet spots.
4. Store Properly
Your nightguard should always be stored in its proper case so it doesn’t get lost or damaged when not in use. Keep it somewhere safe like a medicine cabinet or bathroom drawer. Clean your case every few days following these same steps.
5. Avoid Eating and Drinking While Wearing Your Nightguard
Never eat or drink anything other than water when wearing your nightguard. If you need a late night snack, take out your nightguard first, and be sure to brush and floss before putting it back in.
Frequent nighttime grinding, or bruxism, can not only cause irreversible wear to your teeth, it can also increase the risk of tooth fracture. Luckily, investing in a custom nightguard is an excellent way to mitigate the effects of teeth grinding and clenching. Contact Cactus Point Dental to get more information about whether a nightguard is right for you!
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