Your night guard is one of the most valuable tools you have to protect your teeth from the harsh effects of grinding or clenching, rough sports, even sleep apnea in certain cases so taking care of your night guard is extremely important.
If not cared for properly, it may not continue to care for your teeth as properly as it should, and you want your guard to last as long as possible. Your daily oral health routine should always include cleaning your night guard.
Complete Instructions for Cleaning Your Night Guard
Rinse immediately after wearing – each time you wear your night guard you should rinse it with warm water as soon as you remove the guard from your mouth that way you can remove any debris and loose plaque that is stuck to the guard.
Brush the night guard with your toothbrush – after rinsing, give your night guard a light brushing with your toothbrush. NOTE: DO NOT USE TOOTHPASTE to clean your night guard. Toothpaste can be abrasive and can scratch your night guard and cause it to wear out more quickly.
It is important to allow your night guard to dry completely before storing it doing so will prevent rapid bacterial growth. You should choose a clean and flat surface and it should only take 15-20 minutes for the guard to dry.
Always store your night guard in a case – when you are not wearing your guard, it is important to store it in a case. Do not store your guard in the bathroom as over time the steam and humidity from the bathroom might cause the guard to warp so, the general recommendation is to keep the guard in the nightstand by your bed.
Finally, give a deep clean to your night guard once a week. It is recommended that you use a simple OTC denture cleaner. You simply place the guard in a bowl with water and allow the cleaner to dissolve completely into the water, take the guard out, let it dry and store it again in its case. Following all these steps will ensure that your night guard will last a very long time.
Please call our office if you are experiencing any difficulties with your night guard or you have any questions about how to care for or clean your guard.