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Occlusal Guard (Night Guard) Maintenance Instructions

An occlusal guard, or night guard, fits over your teeth in order to protect them from the damages common with nightly clenching and grinding. They are similar to mouthguards worn during sports but are made of a thinner, smoother plastic. Please follow these instructions to keep your occlusal guard clean and to prevent any unnecessary damage.

Clean daily with soap and water. Use a denture-cleaning tablet (Polident, Efferdent) to freshen your mouth guard and when build-up is noticed. Follow package instructions.

Do not place your occlusal guard in direct sunlight.

Rinse your occlusal guard before and after use and store in a dry, clean case.

Keep your occlusal guard out of reach from pets and children, especially dogs.

Never wear an occlusal guard appliance while eating. Doing so may be painful and possibly traumatic to the opposing teeth.

Discontinue all gum chewing if you have existing jaw pain.

Occlusal Guard use should be discontinued and adjusted by your doctor:

  1. If your occlusal guard is uncomfortable, too tight or binding, too loose (can be removed with your tongue), or damaged.
  2. If when wearing the occlusal guard your back teeth or canine teeth can somehow touch each other in various jaw positions.
  3. If your occlusal guard is causing additional muscle or jaw soreness after continued use.


Wearing your occlusal guard nightly will ensure that it protects your teeth from damage.

Bring your mouth guard to your regular dental cleaning appointments for inspection and professional cleaning.

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