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If you have a habit of nighttime teeth grinding or clenching while you are asleep, you may have already received a custom night guard for smile protection. If you haven’t, we invite you to see our dentist at Brenner Dental of Park Slope to be fitted for one. Caring for your new night guard is simple and requires only a few basic steps.

After removing your night guard each morning, rinse it with warm water and then use a toothbrush to gently brush away any saliva or plaque that is lingering. You can also use a soft toothpaste, but avoid abrasive toothpastes that can scratch the plastic.

After cleaning your night guard, ensure that it is fully dry before you store it in a freshly-sanitized case. Don’t keep your night guard in a humid or damp area, as this can lead to the growth of bacteria.

On a weekly basis, perform a deep clean of your night guard with one of these following methods:

– A store-bought denture cleaner: Submerge the night guard in a bowl of water and cleaner, and allow the cleaner to completely dissolve.

– Hydrogen peroxide and vinegar: Soak the night guard first in vinegar for about half an hour, rinse it off with water, and then for another half hour, soak it in hydrogen peroxide.

– Mouthwash: Combine water with mouthwash and soak your night guard for half an hour.

To learn more about how to clean a night guard in Park Slope, Brooklyn, New York, contact Brenner Dental of Park Slope at 718-638-6607 today and schedule a time to speak with our dentist, Dr. Leonard Brenner.