Tooth grinding can be caused by a number of different factors including stress and anxiety. It often occurs during sleep although recent studies have reported that day time grinding can be just as damaging to the teeth and is now thought to be responsible for a large percentage of tooth wear found. Tooth grinding can also be caused by sleep disorders such as sleep apnea.
If bruxism has been determined and no nightguard is made, consequences can include the wearing down of teeth which can destroy tooth enamel and can chip or crack teeth. Unfortunately, once enamel has been destroyed, it cannot be replaced.
Rinsing your night guard in mouthwash will help kill the germs left on your nightguard. After you have rinsed it in mouthwash rinse it with cool water. Do NOT soak your nightguard in mouthwash, as that can cause damage. Then gently brush your nightguard and then rinse with cool water.
How often should I clean my nightguard?
After each use.