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A 34-year-old male asked:

how do you clean a mouthguard?

3 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Robert Ryan
Dentistry 50 years experience
Soaking it: These appliances tend to collect plaque and calculus (tartar) just as teeth do. So, clean them as you would your teeth. Use a toothbrush with plain water, toothpaste or a mouthwash. You can also soak them in a denture cleaning solution (polident or another one) to soften or remove calcified plaque (tartar). Add a couple of drops of clorox to control odors. Brush them after the soak.
Dr. Gary Sandler
Dentistry 54 years experience
One more thing...: Dr. Ryan gave you an excellent and very thorough answer. I just want to add one thing, never use very hot water as this might distort the nightguard.
Dr. Jeffrey Goldstein
Cosmetic Dentistry 33 years experience
Several options.: Scrub with a toothbrush (no toothpaste) or soak in a denture cleanser (polident/efferdent/store brand) and scrub with a toothbrush, scrub with a toothbrush and then soak in listerine. When scrubbing, it should be in cold or warm water, not hot.

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A 33-year-old member asked:

Is it better to have dentist make mouthguard or to buy and make your own?

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Dr. Mark Bornfeld
Dentistry 45 years experience
It depends...: If the intent of the mouthguard is to protect your teeth during contact sports, a store-bought mouthguard will suffice. However, if the intent is to treat "bruxism" (a jaw clenching/tooth grinding habit) or temporomandibular joint dysfunction, a professionally made appliance is mandatory. Over the counter boil-and-bite products can do more harm than good, and shouldn't be used for this purpose.
A 40-year-old member asked:

About how long do I have to wear my mouthguard for TMJ before my symptoms start to go away?

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Dr. Robert Mokbel
Dentistry 42 years experience
It depends : It depends on the severity of the condition and the cause and the symptoms.The occlusal guard can provide some immediate relief.It must reduce the activities of the muscles and reduce the response of the nervous system as well. In addition to the occlusal guard you may need some anti inflammatory and muscle relaxation medications. Talk to your dentist if the symptoms persists for more them a week.
A 39-year-old member asked:

What is a safe substitute for a mouthguard?

2 doctor answers8 doctors weighed in
Dr. Michael Teitelbaum
Dentistry 32 years experience
There are many: Muscle relaxants, hypnotherapy, biofeedback, physical therapy & jaw relaxation exercises are just a few.
Dr. Earl Sandroff
Dentistry 43 years experience
What kind of mouthguard? For athletics or a bite habit?
Aug 15, 2012
Fullerton, CA
A 22-year-old female asked:

Can there be any negative effects to using a mouthguard?

5 doctor answers9 doctors weighed in
Dr. Bruce Pope
Dentistry 45 years experience
Yes: A mouth guard holds your mouth open a few millimeters. Your natural teeth cannot touch. For a very few people this causes muscle soreness and/or headaches. These symptoms go away shortly after taking out the mouth guard.
A 32-year-old member asked:

Where can I get a custom mouthguard?

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Dr. Paul Grin
Pain Management 36 years experience
The best mouthguard: is custom designed and made by a dentist with your individual needs.

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