How do you sleep comfortably with a night guard?
Placing the night guard in your mouth should be done prior to your bedtime. Putting it in before you get under the covers can give you time to get used to the feeling of the device so it won’t be as distracting to you once your head hits the pillow.
How do I keep my mouth guard while sleeping?
Your night mouth guard should stay firmly in place while you are sleeping, and fit both comfortably and snugly. It should allow you to keep your mouth closed and breathe normally, without shifting. In addition to these traits, your night guard should be odorless, tasteless, and should be durable.
Is it bad to wear a night guard every night?
Yes, you should wear your night guard every night. Habitual wear can help stop tooth damage and facial pain. If you only wear your night guard sometimes, bruxism can still damage your teeth at a slower pace.
Can you choke on a night guard?
As a general statement, a night guard is much too large to be a true choking hazard. If the night guard does get dislodged during sleeping, it is easy to locate and remove from the mouth therefore choking on the appliance would not be a likely occurrence.
How long does it take to get used to wearing night guard?
It often takes patients a few weeks to become accustomed to wearing a night guard. Placing it in the mouth about 10 minutes before going to bed is recommended, as this allows one to get used to the feeling of the dental device.
Can you drink water with a night guard in?
Do not eat or drink (except water) with your guard in. Be sure you floss and brush thoroughly prior to placement as food and bacteria can become trapped between your teeth and guard and increase your risk of decay an stain the guard.
Can you choke on a snoring mouth guard?
It is very comfortable to wear – it won’t bother you during sleep. The mouthpiece is large enough to prevent it from being accidentally swallowed while sleeping (no risk of choking!).
Is it difficult to sleep with a mouth guard?
Stock mouthguards are hard to keep in place and uncomfortable, which can make it difficult to sleep. While boil-and-bite mouthguards offer a better fit, they become brittle and weak with frequent use.
Can mouthguards cause tooth decay?
“Although a mouthguard is recommended to prevent permanent damage to the mouth and teeth, we know it also has the potential to be a reservoir for bacteria that can cause gum infections or the bacteria that help promote tooth decay.”
Are mouthguards bad for teeth?
If you use a mouthguard properly, then it should actually protect your gums, rather than damage them. If, however, you use a dirty, damaged or ill-fitting mouthguard then you could actually be damaging your gums.
Should night guard cover gums?
Athletic mouth guards are designed to protect the crown of the tooth above the gum line as well as the junction and root of the tooth below the gum line. Basically, a sports mouth piece will cover the teeth and gums (gingiva), whereas a night guard need only cover the teeth and most importantly their biting surfaces.
Upper guards are typically recommended because they don’t remove easily compared to lower teeth nightguard. Dentists favor lower guards because they are often more comfortable and easier to get used to. The ideal night guard should protect all your teeth while not affecting your natural bite.
How does a night guard stop clenching?
They work by putting a barrier between your teeth. When you clench your jaw, the night guard for teeth helps to lighten the tension and give cushion to the muscles in the jaw. This cushioning not only helps to prevent face and jaw pain, but also protects the enamel of your teeth.
How often should you wash a mouthguard?
You can keep the mouth guard case clean by washing it every few days with regular dish soap. Avoid putting it in the dishwasher though, as the high temperatures could warp the plastic. Allow the case to dry dry out after washing it to prevent bacteria growth, and replace it with a new one every 6 months to a year.