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Aesthetic General Dentistry's Post-Op Instructions and Aftercare for Dental Night Guards

As a team of experienced dentists, it is our goal to provide the best possible care for our patients. We understand that each individual’s dental needs are unique and require personalized attention. That is why we offer aesthetic general dentistry services, including post-op instructions and aftercare for dental night guards.

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dentist examining patient

Why You Need a Dental Night Guard

Dental night guards are customized mouth guards that are worn over the teeth during sleep. They are designed to prevent grinding or clenching of teeth, known as bruxism. It is a common condition that affects millions of people worldwide and can lead to severe dental problems if left untreated. 

Some of the consequences of bruxism include tooth sensitivity, worn-out teeth, jaw pain, headaches, and even temporomandibular joint disorders (TMJ). Using a night guard can shield your teeth from these detrimental effects and enhance your overall oral health.

Post-Op Instructions for Dental Night Guards

After having your dental night guard fitted, it is essential to follow these post-op instructions to ensure proper healing and effectiveness of the guard.

  1. Wear Your Night Guard Every Night – It may take some time to get used to wearing a nightguard while sleeping, but it is crucial to wear it every night. Consistency is key in preventing further damage to your teeth and ensuring the night guard works effectively in protecting them.
  1. Clean Your Night Guard Regularly – Just like your teeth, your night guard needs regular cleaning to prevent bacteria build-up and maintain its effectiveness. Rinse it with water every morning after use and clean it thoroughly with a toothbrush and mild soap at least once a week.
  1. To prevent damage to the night guard, refrain from using hot water or harsh chemicals.
  2. Store Your Night Guard Properly – When not in use, store your night guard in its case to protect it from debris and bacteria. Do not leave it out in the open where it can collect dust or be easily damaged.
  1. Check for Wear and Tear – Over time, your night guard may experience wear and tear, especially if you clench or grind your teeth vigorously. Check for any cracks, holes, or changes in shape regularly. If you observe any damage, please get in touch with us right away so we can provide you with a replacement.
  1. Keep Up with Regular Dental Visits – It is essential to continue visiting our office for regular dental check-ups even after getting a night guard. Our dentist will monitor your oral health and ensure the night guard is still in good condition.
  1. Avoid Eating with Your Night Guard – While it may seem convenient to eat with your night guard on, we recommend removing it before meals. Food particles can get stuck in between the guard and your teeth, promoting bacterial growth and increasing the risk of cavities.
  1. Be Mindful of Your Night Guard During Physical Activities – When participating in physical activities or sports, it’s important to be aware of your night guard. Improper fit or displacement can impact your breathing and raise the potential of choking.
  1. Replace Your Night Guard Regularly – On average, a night guard should be replaced every 1-3 years, depending on wear and tear. If you notice any changes in the fit or condition of your night guard, bring it in for a check-up and possible replacement.

At Aesthetic General Dentistry of Frisco, we want to ensure that you get the most out of your night guard and maintain optimal oral health. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out to us. 

Schedule a consultation with our dentist today and let us help you achieve a healthy, beautiful smile.