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Mouth Guard Mold
Clean it: Black mold can cause localized and possible systemic infection. Clean it first by placing it in a container with denture cleanser or 2-3 drops of bleach in water. Let it soak overnight. Use a regular toothbrush under running water to scrub off the mold. Repeat as necessary to remove the mold. Leave the mouth guard in a clean container ; denture cleanser when not in use. Change solution daily. ...Read more
Mouth (mouth) " n. Pl. Mouths 1. A. The body opening through which an animal takes in food. B. The cavity lying at the upper end of the alimentary canal, bounded on the outside by the lips and inside by the oropharynx and containing in higher vertebrates the tongue, gums, and teeth. C. This cavity regarded as the source of sounds and speech. D. The opening to any cavity or canal ...Read more
By use: Be aware that all mouth guards will wear out. The biggest problem may be using them too long. Depending on the sport and duration you should get a new guard every season and probably mid season as well. If you are s bruxer or chew on it a lot plan on replacing once a month. ...Read more
Highly Unlikely: A guard which fits adequately & is worn only a few hours a day (or night) cannot move your teeth. However, an ill-fitting (non-professional) guard can move your teeth, especially if it's worn a significant amount of time. Guards which don't cover all your teeth in one arch or which don't have contact will all opposing teeth can cause some movement also if worn too much. Get a professional one. ...Read more
Take tme: Sometimes it may feel so bulky, but give it time and always use a custom fitted one, not one bought over the counter in drug stores. ...Read more
Store bought: Store bought generic mouth guards might be better than nothing for protection in contact sports, but do not offer the best protection, nor are they as comfortable. Consider a dentist fabricated custom one as a significantly better alternative. For players who spend so much money and time in sports, the additional cost is well worth it. Even generic should not change alignment 4 amount of time worn. ...Read more
Mouth guard: In order to get a custom made mouth guard usually you need to appointment 1st appointment they take an upper and lower impression in a dental office with a bite registration and the 2nd appointment they will try it on fit check it and it's done. It usually takes 1 to 2 weeks. ...Read more
Night Guard: First, there is a difference between a Mouth\Sports Guard which is used to protect the teeth from traumatic injury & a Night Guard\Bruxism appliance. Only if pain is as a result of bruxism, overclosure, parafunctional habits, etc. Can it reduce or eliminate the associated pain. It's aim is to reduce stress & pressure on the teeth, supporting periodontal structures & muscles & joints. ...Read more
No: Cervical dystonia is not a curable problem, but it is treatable. Oral medications, physical therapy, and carefully planned Botox injections are all helpful therapies. I'm not aware of an oral appliance, such as a mouth guard, being useful in its treatment. I would check with your treating neurologist, or considering contacting the mayo clinic or cleveland clinic if no answers found. ...Read more
I'm in a hurry and need my mouth guard for football, I just got a new one but don't have time to boil it. What should I do?
Your choice: Either take the time to fit this mouth guard or don't play football today. In the future you may consider a custom fitted mouth guard. They are long lasting, more comfortable and. More effective in preventing injuries than the boil and bite ones. ...Read more
How long should it take before you get results from a night time TMJ mouth guard. Is it normal for clicking to get worse while wearing it?
Short time: Not very long. Within a week. Not normal for increased sounds. Was it make by a TMJ specialist? If not, should be. ...Read more
I've had severe TMJ type symptoms for two years. I have worn a mouth guard for one year with no improvement. Any other reason for this pain?
Multiple Causes: TMJ: We mostly see that muscles are the biggest cause of TMJ pain. You should see a TMJ specialist who knows and treats myofascial trigger points. ...Read more
Need more info: I would need more information about how you believe your guard may be ruining your teeth. Are you getting movement, decay or other concerns? It is highly unlikely that a mouth guard fabricated by a dentist would ruin teeth. However, if you are using an over the counter sports guard, there may be a reason why it wasn't fabricated correctly. ...Read more
An appliance: Protective appliances that fit on the teeth, used to control harmful habits such as grinding, clenching.....Also sports protection. ...Read more
Bacteria: Bacteria cause the gum infection called Gingivitis. Poor oral hygiene, which includes Mouth Guard hygiene, causes Gingivitis by not removing bacteria adequately. Additionally an ill-fitting appliance can cause mechanical irritation of the gums, allowing bacteria easier access. See your Dentist for infection control. ...Read more
Snoring: Snoring results from a compromised airway. While a hockey mouthguard might increase the passageway and eliminate the snoring, it may be hiding a serious medical condition called sleep apnea, meaning that the body is not getting enough oxygen. Please discuss this with your physician. ...Read more
Mouth guards: The store-bought mouth guards that you buy and try to form to the teeth just don't fit very well. The custom-made professional mouth guards fit snugly. They almost 'snap' in. You do not have to keep your teeth together to keep them in. The players can speak and yell to each other and the coaches. Ask your dentist to fit you with a custom made mouth guard. ...Read more
Custom-made guard: The store-bought mouth guards that you buy and try to form to the teeth just don't fit very well. The custom-made professional mouth guards fit snugly. They almost 'snap' in. You do not have to keep your teeth together to keep them in. The players can speak and yell to each other and the coaches. Ask your dentist to fit you with a custom made mouth guard ...Read more
Mouth guard: If you play a contact sport, with or without braces, you need to be wearing a mouth guard for safety. If you are having jaw joint issues, you may need a night guard, an occlusal orthotic. If you wore braces/aligners, and they have recently been removed, you need a retainer or retainers. Sometimes the appliances can be multi-functional. Ask our Dentist and/or your Orthodontic Specialist. ...Read more
ENT, dentist or psych: Talk to your dentist, an ear/nose/throat (ENT) specialist, and/or a psychiatrist about your problem - until someone can help you fix it. ...Read more
Custom mg advised: A custom mouthpiece is usually recommended for those who suffer tmj/tmd. A non-custom one (drug store, sporting goods store, online) may be too thick and send the muscles into more spasms and cause the jaw/mandible to displace. ...Read more
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 don't fit well and are not adjusted to your dentition. Its best to get a custom guard from your dentist. ...Read more
No: Unfortunately there are no medicines or simple home remedies for patients with bruxism. The cause is not well known. Some theories believe it is related to stress, sleep disorders, or bite problems. Honestly in my opinion there are many dentists who merely advise fabricating a night guard without much thought or knowledge. Find a dentist with experience in tmj, sleep training for a consult. ...Read more
I have to wear a mouth-guard at night, but it always falls out. Is there any kind of temporary adhesive I could use?
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