There are many good projects for do-it-yourselfers: changing your motor oil, painting your house, and making a shelf all come to mind. What about fixing holes in your mouthguard or nightguard? Sorry to say, those are not fixit projects. If you have a nightguard or a mouthguard with a hole in it, the time has come for a replacement, not repair.
Why Did My Mouthguard Get a Hole?
Mouthguards and nightguards serve the same purpose: they protect your teeth from damage. For mouthguards, they cushion the teeth from blows suffered during active sports. They also prevent the teeth from cutting the tongue or the soft tissues of the cheeks and lips. Without mouthguards, athletes have suffered serious injuries to both the teeth and tissues. One client even tells the story of a soccer player losing his two front teeth during a head-to-head collision. The unfortunate incisors ended up getting stuck in the opponent’s skull! A mouthguard would have prevented this painful outcome.
Nightguards protect the teeth against “collisions” with each other. Some people suffer from bruxism, nighttime teeth grinding or daytime teeth clenching. Both of these habits wear down the teeth prematurely and cause serious damage to tooth enamel.
Although nightguards and mouthguards are both made from highly durable plastics, simple “wear and tear” destroys the best materials with enough time. Therefore, after extended use, a guard develops holes, usually near the rear molars, where the strongest friction takes place. These holes are not like bicycle tires — they cannot be patched.
If you have a mouthguard or nightguard that is worn out, bring it with you to the Sacramento Dentistry Group and ask for a customized replacement. And whenever you visit for a semi-annual exam and cleaning, we strongly recommend that you bring your nightguard or mouthguard with you for a thorough cleaning and inspection, a free service during your appointment.