We recommend you visit your sports dentist to replace your mouth guard after every season or every six months. Research shows that mouth guards become less effective when they lose their thickness. This is because there is less protective material to absorb external impact and protect your teeth from injury.
Do mouthguards need to be replaced?
Regular use during sports, often for several hours, will soon deform the protective device. A visit to the sports dentist is advisable to replace the night guard after each season or every six months. Mouthguards usually lose their effectiveness as their thickness diminishes.
How long does a hard night guard last?
In extreme cases, a hard night guard is necessary to adequately protect a patient’s teeth from excessive teeth grinding to prevent permanent damage to the teeth. Hard night guards are crafted from hard plastics and have a life expectancy of 1-5 years, depending on home care.
How often should I clean my night guard?
Night guard should be cleaned once a week. There are many ways one can do it. The first is by using an over-the-counter denture cleaner, which can be dissolved in a bowl of water with the night guard inside it.
Why does my bite guard turn yellow?
As the plastic is exposed to saliva and all of the bacterias that are in our saliva, the colour of the guard will start to change. The colour will change more rapidly if the guard is not properly cleaned or dried after each use.
Why do my teeth hurt after wearing my night guard?
If you do experience pain or your mouth is hurting after wearing a night guard, it is a sign that your night guard is not fitted properly in your mouth. The device may be too large or too small and is not providing the adequate protection that you desire and need.
Can night guards ruin your teeth?
Often, deep grooves will eventually form in the night guard from the force of the grinding. The night guard prevents this same force from causing damage to the teeth. Without a night guard, enamel can be worn down excessively, leading to tooth sensitivity.
Can night guard change your bite?
This guard works by repositioning the lower jaw (mandible) either forward or backward. While this may relieve the pressure on the jaw, it can also permanently change your bite.
Why is my night guard turning green?
Discoloration on a mouthguard is, often, a good sign proper cleaning isn’t happening. It’s not uncommon for people to let saliva sit in the guard, and over time, this can create a yellowing effect. While it’s common, that doesn’t mean it’s good for your oral health.
How do you clean a bite guard?
Here’s how this technique is generally used:
- Rinse your mouthguard with cool water.
- Add a capful of mouthwash to a clean glass.
- Dilute with water until there’s enough liquid to cover your mouthguard.
- Soak your mouthguard for 30 minutes.
- Remove and rinse with cool water.
- Let the mouthguard dry.
Can I clean my night guard with Polident?
If you are looking for a suitable solution for cleaning nightguards, sportsguards, and retainers in a gentle but effective way, Polident Retainer Cleanser is the product for you. It kills 99.9% of odour-causing bacteria* without damaging mouthguard, nightguard, sportsguard and retainer materials.
How do I make my night guard clear again?
Soak the night guard in distilled white vinegar for at least 30 minutes. After soaking, rinse the night guard and the bowl with water. Then soak the night guard in hydrogen peroxide for at least 30 more minutes. Once finished, rinse with water and allow the night guard to dry completely.
What is the white stuff on my mouth guard?
The white layer is a buildup of calcium from your saliva. Plaque and tartar from your mouth stick to your retainer too if you’re not cleaning it on a regular basis. Fill a cup with vinegar and submerge your retainer. In a few minutes, brush the retainer thoroughly.
Why does my night guard taste bad?
Try soaking your guard in hydrogen peroxide, as the smell comes from bacteria, and the peroxide should oxidize(kill) it. You can follow up with another soaking in a denture cleaning tab or mouthwash to freshen it.