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A 40-year-old member asked:

my night mouth guard keeps falling out of place, what can i do to keep it firm?

3 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Jeffrey Dalin
Dentistry 41 years experience
Mouthguard fit: Go see your dentist. He/she might be able to reline it to make it fit tighter. Good luck.
Dr. Daniel Wolter
Dentistry 30 years experience
Get a New One: Nightguards are generally not designed to be tightened. When they get lose and wear out over time, they have to be replaced. In some cases, however, they can be adjusted to fit snugly again. Don't try this yourself! bring it to your dentist. If it can be tightened, great. If not, it's time for a replacement.
Dr. Arnold Malerman
Orthodontics 53 years experience
Go back: Go back to your treating Dentist for an adjustment. Recon touring or adding clasps may help. If it's an OTC product throw it away and go to your Dentist for a custom fitted appliance.

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A 37-year-old member asked:

How long will take to get a custom fit mouth guard from the dentist?

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Dr. Jason Adler
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Depends: You would have to address this with your dentist as times may vary.
A 31-year-old member asked:

Foul taste in mouth from mouth guard. What to do?

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Dr. Marsha Davis
Internal Medicine 28 years experience
Brush or soak: Do you brush the guard or soak it in a proper solution? That will help get the bacteria off it that causes the foul smell. It should be done at least once a day.
A 46-year-old member asked:

Why would a nighttime mouth guard warn you against using it if you have tmj?

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Dr. Steven Bender
Dentistry 35 years experience
If..: If this is an over the counter type mouthgauard, it may be designed only for protecting the teeth. Many studies have shown worsening of symptoms of TMJ using over the counter type guards. They dont fit well and are not adjusted to your dentition. Its best to get a custom guard from your dentist.
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A 28-year-old male asked:

What is the definition or description of: mouth guard?

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Dr. Theodore Davantzis
Dentistry 40 years experience
Mouth Guard: A mouthguard (also known as a mouth protector, mouth piece or gumshield) is a protective device for the mouth that covers the teeth and gums to prevent and reduce injury to the teeth, arches, lips and gums. Mouthguards are most often used to prevent injury in contact sports, as a treatment for bruxism or tmd. http://encyclopedia.thefreedictionary.com/mouth+guard.
A 31-year-old member asked:

What's a good way to clean a mouth guard?

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Dr. Daniel Wolter
Dentistry 30 years experience
Soap and water: Mouthguards never contact anything except saliva (and perhaps water), so they're pretty easy to clean, since saliva is water-soluable. Don't use toothpaste or any abrasive cleansers. Also, don't use bleach or peroxide. Don't soak them in mouthwash. Don't use anything which can scrape or scratch. Don't use a dishwasher or washing machine either. A soft toothbrush and a little liquid soap work best.

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