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How To Wash A Night Mouthguard

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Night mouthguards, usually used to treat tooth grinding or overnight jaw clenching, are very common dental aids. In addition to mouth guards used for grinding or clenching, many people wear plastic retainers overnight. While useful for your overall health, night mouthguards and retainers can hold bacteria and can cause plaque buildup. It’s important that you take good care of your mouthguard and clean it daily in order to keep it in good condition and to protect yourself from potentially harmful bacteria. RINSE When you remove your night mouthguard in the morning, you should rinse it immediately in warm water. This will get any bits of plaque or other debris off right away. BRUSH After you rinse your mouthguard you should give it a light brush. Don’t use toothpaste, as this can scratch the plastic and wear down the mouthguard prematurely. Some people like to use a separate brush for their…


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How A Dental Night Guard Can Improve Your Sleep

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Dental night guards are usually recommended for people with severe cases of TMJ disorders, jaw clenching, or bruxism—clenching and grinding your teeth while asleep. Any of these problems can disrupt your sleep patterns and even lead to insomnia, in addition to causing tooth damage and facial pain. Although there are several ways to help reduce these symptoms, such as stress management, eating softer foods, and using relaxation techniques to ease jaw tension, custom dental night guards offer immediate relief and allow you to sleep better as you work on other strategies. Generally, dental night guards improve your sleep patterns in the following ways: Custom Design for Maximum Comfort Custom night guards are designed to fit the shape of your teeth and mouth to maximize comfort, as you need to wear them all night. They are made from lightweight material and are designed to reduce the amount of stress in the…


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Getting Fitted For A Proper Sports Mouth Guard: Help Your Children Play Safe This Spring

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When it comes to playing sports, you want your children wearing the proper padding and safety gear. You get them kneepads, shin guards and helmets but what about their mouths? A mouth guard provides the perfect way to protect your children’s teeth, lips, cheeks and tongue when they’re playing sports. What Is a Mouth Guard? A mouth guard is a soft plastic device that is fitted to the inside of the your child’s mouth. It helps protect against mouth injuries, especially from contact sports. Where Can I Get a Mouth Guard for My Children? There are mouth guards available that you can buy and fit yourself. However, it is better to see your child’s dentist and have them do it. When your dentist creates a custom-fit mouth guard, an impression of your child’s teeth are taken. Then, using a dental putty, your dentist will form the grooves and divisions of…


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Advantages Of Using Night Guards

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Night guards are recommended for a number of problems, including bruxism, which is characterized by clenching and grinding your teeth while asleep. Bruxism affects one in every 12 people, resulting in tooth damage, facial pain, and insomnia. Teeth clenching and grinding is usually caused by stress. So managing your stress should also help relieve the symptoms. Otherwise, you should protect your teeth from severe damage by wearing night guards. These appliances can also be used to manage jaw pain, lockjaw, and popping and clicking of the jaw, and as part of your TMJ treatment. Wearing a night guard advised by your dentist can help to: Prevent tooth damage The habit of unconsciously clenching and grinding your teeth while asleep can result in chipped or broken teeth, damaged fillings, or sensitivity due to excessive enamel wear. This can, in turn, cause expensive tooth restoration procedures or retreatment (for fillings). Wearing custom…


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Most Effective Methods For Cleaning Your Mouthguard

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Whether you wear your mouthguard to protect your teeth during sports activities, or to protect them from the damaging effects of night grinding and clenching, it is essential that you take good care of the dental appliance so it stays clean and odour-free, and is always ready for use. Generally, your mouthguard should be cleaned as part of your daily oral care routine, or as frequently as you use it for sports. Here are a few tips for cleaning your appliance: Rinse immediately after wearing At the very minimum, you should always rinse the appliance with warm water the instant you take it out of your mouth. This simple step will loosen any plaque and remove any debris stuck to the guard. Scrub it with your toothbrush Ideally, you should use a soft, kid’s toothbrush for the job. But if one is not available, you can use your regular toothbrush…


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