We all strive to get a good night’s sleep. And when we have an issue with grinding our teeth as we sleep, we are not only preventing a good night’s sleep, but also can cause harm to your teeth. This is where a night guard comes in. And although night guards are there to help, night guards need proper care and attention to make sure that you don’t just end up trading one dental problem for another. After all, bacteria can find a hiding place in our mouths very easily, and bacteria is what is causing all of our dental issues. Here are some essential night guard care tips that should come in handy:
Brush your night guard. Whenever you take out your night guard in the morning, brush it as you would your teeth. Use a different, soft toothbrush and clean with a liquid antibacterial soap.
Cleanliness is next to godliness. Same as the night guard itself, you should always clean its storage case. Use liquid antibacterial soap with some hot water this time around, as it won’t ruin the case.
Take care of your teeth. Before you even think about putting your night guard in your mouth, make sure that you have practiced proper dental hygiene first.
Have your night guard checked. Be sure that you have your night guard at your dental appointments, so the dentist can clean it and examine it for wear and tear. Although very durable, these oral appliances are not invincible and will need to be replaced from time to time.
If you would like to find out more about night guards, contact Dr. Bartz in Oak Lawn, IL at 708-430-4440 to schedule a consultation. Or visit www.bartzandbartzdental.com for additional information.
Dr. Bartz proudly serves Oak Lawn and all surrounding areas.