Can you eat with a night guard?

In this short article, we will provide an answer to the question “Can you eat with a night guard?” and the information on night guard handling.

Can you eat with a night guard?

No, you cannot eat with a nightguard. Do not consume anything while you have your guard up. This includes food and drink (except water). Before the guard is placed, you should floss and thoroughly clean your teeth. This is because food and germs can become trapped between your teeth and the guard, which raises the risk of tooth decay and discolors the guard.

How to put on a dental night guard?

Insert your night guard as normally, 30 minutes before bedtime, for the first two weeks of the “break-in” process. This will help you adjust to the normal, initial response. This will, of course, come to an end at some point.

Please bring your occlusal guard with you if you are going to have dental work done; the guard may need to be altered to fit the new dental restorations.

Rinsing your guard with water rather than toothpaste (which can damage the surface) is an effective way to clean it and help avoid the buildup of tartar and stains that are difficult to remove. It is not recommended that you immerse your guard in products like bleach, peroxide, or any mouthwash or cleaning based on alcohol because doing so may permanently damage the acrylic. Bring it in with you when you get your teeth cleaned, and we will professionally clean it for free as part of the service.

Caution is advised because this is a toy that most pets like gnawing on. Make sure it is kept in a safe place. Never put it in your pocket or wrap it in a tissue; instead, store it in the container it came in, either in the drawer of your nightstand or in the medicine cabinet in your bathroom. During the cleaning process, the heat from a washer and/or dryer, in addition to the heat from hot water, could permanently damage or distort your guard. 

Do not consume anything while you are on alert; this includes food and drink (except water). Before the guard is placed, you should floss and thoroughly clean your teeth. This is because food and germs can become trapped between your teeth and the guard, which raises the risk of tooth decay and discolors the guard.

If you haven’t worn your mouthguard in a while and are having trouble getting it in, or if it is too tight after insertion, you can warm it for 20–30 seconds at slightly warmer than body temperature before immediately placing it in your mouth. This is recommended for situations where you haven’t worn your mouthguard in a while and are having trouble getting it in. The acrylic will become just slightly more malleable as a result, allowing it to adjust and adhere to any pressure areas.

Stop using your guard immediately and get in touch with our practice if you start experiencing any pain or discomfort in the jaw joints, headaches, or if any of your teeth become sensitive when you chew on them.

What exactly is Nightguard?

A night guard is a device made of either hard or soft plastic that is shaped like a retainer. It can be worn on either the upper or lower set of teeth, and it covers the surfaces of the teeth that are used for biting. Because each patient’s teeth have their unique pattern, a nightguard must be produced specifically for that patient by shaping the material to fit the patient’s teeth in a way that is not bulky or uncomfortable. 

Since it is known by a plethora of different names, you may hear dentists refer to it as a mouthguard, occlusal guard, bite splint, dental guard, or nocturnal bite plate. All of these titles refer to the same thing.

Why Is It So Important to Get the Right Nightguard for You?

Avoiding the Development of Plaque

Even though they share names, a mouth guard designed to protect teeth from grinding and clenching is not the same thing as a mouth guard developed for sports. It is not in anyone’s best interest to wear a mouthguard when participating in sports. 

By protecting the teeth and gums, it guards against injuries caused by blunt force and keeps the teeth and gums healthy. When you wear a sports mouthguard, bacteria can become trapped on the surface of your gums as you sleep because saliva cannot reach the gums. This can lead to gum disease.

Maintain the Consistency of Your Bite

Because the purpose of a nightguard, is to prevent the surfaces of the teeth from grinding against one another, the device is typically customized to the individual’s bite and teeth. Because they are composed of a softer material and have a thicker rubbery composition, mouthguards for sports are not designed to suit your bite properly. 

Because the brain perceives softer substances to be food, you may find that you chew when you are asleep. Because of the soft material, this could result in muscle soreness and an early decline in the quality of the mat. Your bite will change over time if you choose to wear a sports mouthguard while playing nocturnal sports. The consequence of the alteration in your bite will become apparent when some time has passed.

Conclusion

In this short article, we provided an answer to the question “Can you eat with a night guard?” and the information on night guard handling.

Reference

https://www.healthline.com/health/mouth-guard

https://www.healthline.com/health/mouth-guard

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