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If you’ve struggled with grinding your teeth at night, or if you’ve noticed some of the symptoms of grinding your teeth, like dull headaches, jaw soreness or even fractured teeth, then you might be a candidate for a custom night guard.

Many people complain that generic night guards are not very comfortable. This causes some of them to stop using the night guards on a regular basis.

Your dentist can help fit you for a custom night guard that is molded to match your teeth and personal bite pattern. The comfort these night guards provide encourages regular use and can preserve your teeth from the damage caused by teeth grinding.

A custom night guard represents a serious investment in your long-term dental health, so you want to be sure to maintain it regularly.

You should thoroughly rinse your night guard with cold water each morning as part of your regular routine. You can also give the night guard a gentle brushing with a soft-bristled toothbrush once a week.

Make sure you thoroughly dry the night guard with a clean paper towel before putting it away. A wet night guard can harbor and encourage bacterial growth.

Be sure to clean the case itself at least once a week with warm, soapy water to kill any bacteria that might transfer from the night guard.

If you have questions about getting a custom night guard or how to maintain your current one, please give us a call at 618-797-9940 to schedule an appointment.