Accidents that can compromise dental health may happen during any time of the day and in any place. Through time, there had been several methods to protect the teeth, especially for athletes who play contact sports and those who suffer from bruxism. Of the many treatments and products available, mouth guards stood out. A mouth guard is a protective oral appliance that safeguards all the oral structures inside the mouth from damage and injuries.
At Selah Creek Dental, we offer custom-made mouth guards to prevent oral issues such as a cracked, broken, or knocked-out tooth caused by sporting activities. We also have night guards to address excessive grinding and clenching of the teeth (bruxism).
To help our patients get the most out of their oral appliance, we have listed several tips on how to properly care for their mouth guards.
Mouth Guard Care Tips
- Mouth guards protect the teeth from damage, but it does not mean that the mouth is not susceptible to disease or infections. To keep the teeth and gums healthy, proper maintenance, oral hygiene, and caring for the mouthpiece are necessary.
- Before wearing the mouth guard, make sure to brush and floss your teeth thoroughly to keep food particles and bacterias from damaging the dental appliance.
- Take off the mouth guard when chewing. Chewing on it can warp the material and lose its shape.
- Rinse the mouth guard after each use. Do not wash it with denture solution; using cold water and soap or mild mouthwash will do.
- Handle the mouth guard with care. Do not mix it with dirty and sweaty athletic gears.
- Always store the mouth guard in a secure and clean container to avoid the accumulation of bacteria.
- Store the mouth guard in a cool place. Direct heat may bend and damage the mouth guard.
- Avoid using home repair kits to fix damaged mouth guards. If you notice signs of wear or tear in the appliance, visit the dentist right away.
- Consult the dentist to adjust the fit and to assess the condition of the mouth guard. Professional care is also essential.
Following these simple steps can add to the life and effectiveness of mouth guards.
Protect your teeth from possible dental injuries. Contact us at Selah Creek Dental for your Night guards or Mouth Guards in Selah, WA. We’ll make sure to answer all your queries.