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Sentinel Mouthguards: Why Wear a Mouth Guard? 10 Real Life Reasons

Sentinel Mouthguards: Why Wear a Mouth Guard? 10 Real Life Reasons Why


From The Dawn of Time.

Dating back to when man drew on the walls of caves, the most effective way of winning over a mate has always been through competition; except for that brief time during the 1990s that we all went soft and got in touch with our emotions, thankfully that’s a thing of the past. Besides a physical prowess, and a forty pound wooden club, the next best thing a man can retain in his arsenal of woman-winning weapons is a beautiful set of teeth. It was discovered the cavemen that reproduced the most often were exceptionally good at rock throwing and smiling.

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As we have evolved as a species, or for the biblical types–after the fourth or fifth day–sports, the very cornerstone of competition, have changed as well. Rock throwing has become baseball, kill that buffalo has become football, and lay on the ground and pretend to be hurt is still soccer. One thing has remained the same over all these years, though, and that’s that a great set of chompers still is mighty appealing to the opposite sex.

Save yourself some time, money, and looking like a rabid chimpanzee by grabbing a good mouthpiece and learning from these guys who did not.

So! Why wear a mouth guard?

                                                                            Unfortunately, teeth don’t really grow back..


                                                                              At least his lip took most of the damage


                                          You don’t want to find yourself picking your teeth up off the ground…yea that happened.

                                                                         A smile makeover can cost anywhere from $20k-$60k


                                                                              Ouch! That one went through the lip


                                                                            Think he may need a new set of braces


                                                                      Think he may need a lot more than a new set of braces


                                                                                                 And this kid too


                                                                           You don’t want to look like vampire guy


                                                                                                Or this ladies man


                                                                         What you need. Get it from the experts.

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  • Custom made mouth guard fit to your unique dental anatomy.
  • Stays in place and protects against head injuries 50% more than store bought brands.
  • Durability. Top quality dental material lasts 5x longer than store bought brands.
  • 1 year replacement warranty. If you wear through your guard, we will replace at no cost to you.


The American Dental Association reports that 13-39% of all dental injuries are sports related. Here is an excerpt from the ADA website expressing their recommendation for mouthguard use.

The Councils promote the importance of safety in maintaining oral health and the use of a properly fitted mouthguard as the best available protective device for reducing the incidence and severity of sports-related dental injuries. The Councils are committed to oral health promotion and injury prevention for sports participants.

Surveillance studies of mouthguard users and nonusers have consistently shown that mouthguards offer significant protection against sports-related injuries to the teeth and soft tissues. Mouthguards provide a resilient, protective surface to distribute and dissipate forces on impact, thereby minimizing the severity of traumatic injury to the hard or soft tissues.”


That’s an easy fix compared to what a heavy impact can really bring. Many times you can’t physically see the most important damage that’s being done.


What  happens when you take a blow to the head? Maybe nothing the first time. Then again, you might have done some serious damage from experiencing just ONE HEAVY HIT. Just one! Imagine countless falls, countless knockouts. What’s that doing to you long term?

The fact is, we are still in the early stages of learning just how much a person can take before their done. What’s “done” you ask? Muhammad Ali is done. Parkinson’s is common to head trauma from sports that involve getting drilled in the head time and time again. If you have chronic traumatic encephalopathy you’re done. The list of ex-athletes that cannot speak clearly anymore, can’t remember, can’t think, experience depression, suicidal thoughts, etc. is long. The list is very very long.

If a professionally fitted mouth guard can reduce your chances of head injury why not wear one? Here is a brief synopsis of a recent study (just performed in May 2014) that is supported by the ADA:

Digital Journal published a peer-reviewed study that showed custom-made mouth guards outperformed store-bought models in reducing the risk of concussions.

High school football players wearing store-bought, over-the-counter (OTC) mouthguards were more than twice as likely to suffer mild traumatic brain injures (MTBI)/concussions than those wearing custom-made, properly fitted mouthguards, reports a new study in the May/June 2014 issue of General Dentistry, the peer-reviewed clinical journal of the Academy of General Dentistry (AGD).

“Researchers and, most importantly, parents, are looking for ways to better protect children against concussions,” said lead author Jackson Winters, DDS, a pediatric dentist who also served as a high school and collegiate football official for 28 years. “Consumers may believe that today’s advanced helmet design provides sufficient protection, but our research indicates that, when compared to over-the-counter versions, a custom-made, properly fitted mouthguard also is essential to player safety.”
The study followed 412 players from six high school football teams. Three teams (220 athletes) were randomly assigned to wear custom-made mouthguards, and three teams (192 athletes) wore standard OTC mouthguards of their own choosing. All players wore the same style of football helmet.

According to the study, 8.3 percent of athletes in the OTC mouthguard group suffered MTBI/concussion injuries. For those with custom-made mouthguards, however, the rate was only 3.6 percent. Read full article here: https://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap2000000345815/article/study-shows-overthecounter-mouth-guards-dont-protect-as-well

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Cleaning Your Dental Night Guard – The Ultimate Guide in 2020

 “Why Does My Dental Night Guard Turn Yellow?”

A dental night guard may become gross pretty quickly, if left unmaintained. The good news is, you don’t have to deal with the funky smells and color changes if you take the time to learn about cleaning your night guard.

Proper care and maintenance will ensure a longer lifetime for your dental guard.

Letting saliva and water sit in your guard can turn it from a nice clear color to yellow and scary-looking FAST. Why does my dental night guard turn yellow and how can I prevent this?

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We know many of you don’t particularly enjoy reading long articles.

So, if you don’t take away anything else from this article, remember this:


What is a dental night guard?
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A night guard is a plastic device designed specifically for your dental anatomy. It is meant to be worn over your teeth while sleeping. Night guards help reduce damage and discomfort caused by nighttime bruxism (bruxism is grinding of the teeth).

Many customers wonder “how do I clean my dental night guard?”

Or “why does my dental night guard turn yellow?”


Because the mouth is moist and warm, it is an ideal home and breeding ground for bacteria and other unwelcomed guests.

Some bodily bacteria is normal and healthy, but dental devices such as night guards should remain sterile, clean, and dry between uses.

This helps avoid problems like bad breath (halitosis), discoloration of the guard, and stow-away debris such as food particles and plaque.

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In a nutshell

This article includes various methods for cleaning your custom dental night guard.

While basic hygiene principles are universal for all night guards, it is important to speak to your dentist or other manufacturers about specific care in regards to cleaning your night guard and proper maintenance instructions, since night guard materials may vary.

Having said that, here’s a quick summary of the key concepts common to all night guards:

  • All dental night guards should be cleaned between uses and before being stored.
  • After cleaning your night guard, it is important to completely dry out your night guard prior to storage.
  • Your night guard case or holder should also be cleaned and dried regularly; since dust, bacteria, and other nasties like to congregate in dark, damp environments.

Don’t let your dental night guard turn yellow!

Example Cleaning Regimen:

1. Brush the guard thoroughly with baking soda or toothpaste.

Note: some toothpastes can be too harsh and abrasive to use on your night guard.

*Update* We have experienced positive results (personally and through customer feedback) from using a more natural organic cleanser such as Dr. Bronner’s Peppermint Soap.

Dr. Bronners is a multi purpose cleansing product made with organic oils,  and no detergents. It leaves your guard smelling fresh and feels magnificently clean. This will not remove existing stains, but when used as part of your cleaning regimen, it can help preserve the longevity and prevent further staining.

2. Dry it with a soft cloth.

3. Rinse out the case or holder.

What to do on a weekly basis:

1. After brushing the guard, soak it for ten (10) minutes in a glass of antiseptic mouthwash.

2. Dry it with a soft cloth.

3. Brush the case with baking soda or toothpaste and then soak it for ten minutes in a glass of antiseptic mouthwash.

Night Guard Cleaning Options

There are as many ways to clean your night guard as there are to clean your teeth.

Some people prefer baking soda, while others opt for toothpaste, or soaking their night guards in antiseptic mouthwash. Below, you’ll find a link to a product recently approved by the American Dental Association specifically for cleaning mouthguards.

The ADA determined that this product in particular is a great option for cleaning your night guard without causing any incidental damage to the device.

Of course, another common approach is to combine several of these techniques in a unique routine best-suited to the individual.

Whatever approach you take, it is highly recommended that you speak with your night guard lab or an oral health professional to make sure that you don’t use a cleaning method that would be too abrasive or otherwise inappropriate for your specific night guard.

Decisions, decisions…

how to clean your night guard
  • Mild soap and water
  • Baking soda
  • Toothpaste
  • Mouthwash
  • Hydrogen peroxide
  • Vinegar

“Forget turning yellow! My dental night guard has little black spots on it. I think it’s mold!”

Many night guard wearers have experienced this.

Black spots or little, spore-like, green-grey spots start to appear on the appliance.

This can occur as a result of leaving sitting water in the teeth compartments and closing it up in the night guard retainer case.

Remember, mold is a microscopic, living organism. It is not a bacteria or a virus.

There are several recommendations on how to remove spots. One dentist even says he has no problems with his patients using diluted household bleach or the acid in vinegar. Denture cleaner pills, too. 10x the water for every 1 part of bleach – for about 30 mins, then brush and rinse.

You may be able to have your dentist or online dental lab use tools to buff out the spotty areas, or, it may be time to purchase a new night guard.

Hey, it happens to the best of us!

Even with proper care, dental night guards wear out over time, so it’s important to check yours for signs of aging.

You may notice that your night guard doesn’t fit as well after some time (typically months or years) and you may even be able to see or feel imperfections in the surface or structure of the guard.

When in doubt, check with your dentist, night guard lab, or other dental health provider.

In conclusion

Hopefully, this article has helped you understand some of the options available for cleaning your dental night guard. This information, together with input from your lab or dental health specialist, will help ensure that your night guard stays safe and effective for as long as possible.

Looking to replace your existing dental night guard?

Sentinel Mouthguards offers three different types of  custom made dental night guards; hard, soft, and dual laminated. In addition to our 100% satisfaction guarantee and replacement warranty, we offer free, all-inclusive shipping in the US. Happy shopping!

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“Why Are My Teeth Flat?” Flat Teeth and Chipping | Sentinel Mouthguards

“Why Are My Teeth Flat?”

Flat Teeth and Chipping are common signs of long term teeth grinding and jaw clenching.

“Is My Teeth Grinding Habit Making Me Look Older?”

When Glamour magazine ran an article last month about preventative aging & the benefits of wearing a night guard, many became enlightened to one of the sneakiest signs of aging. Teeth grinding and (as a result) teeth shortening.

Our Skin Is Nothing Without Good Bones, Muscles and Teeth Structure

Sometimes we forget that our skin is just an envelope for our bones and muscles. If a person undergoes changes to the teeth, whether they have them removed (and replace with dentures) or if the teeth have become much shorter over time,  it is common to notice sagging skin around the mouth and chin.

Physically, teeth grinding can have some long lasting effects. After years of wearing the teeth down, the face can develop a noticeable sagging appearance that cannot be fixed with anything less than expensive cosmetic work.

So why are my teeth flat?

The Problem With Short Teeth teeth grinding can shorten your teeth learn how

It’s no secret that teeth play a big role in the overall appearance of the face. The wearing down of teeth because of grinding and or clenching is a tell-tale sign of aging. Teeth that are too short age you. Other notable characteristics that can occur from teeth grinding are an enlarged jaw muscle (protrusion), and stress lines around the mouth.

Check to see if your teeth are too short

Stand in front of a mirror with your lips slightly apart in a relaxed position. If you relax your mouth and just leave it agape slightly, there should be between 1-3mm of tooth exposure. Do you see a little bit of your front teeth? If you do not, your teeth may be too short. This is not always a result of teeth grinding. This can simply be your natural dental anatomy. If you wish to have your teeth extended you can opt for direct bonding or porcelain veneers.

The Good News

It’s preventative.

A night guard acts as a preventative to the effects of teeth grinding and teeth aging. Think of it as putting your teeth in a perfectly fitting case each night before bed so that they remain safe and protected against well…yourself.

Simply wearing a night guard at night will prevent your teeth from wearing down. 1 in 10 people grind their teeth at night. A custom made dental guard is far less expensive than restorative cosmetic work. Preserve your teeth & face the natural way. It’s just as important and routine as putting face moisturizer on at night  to prevent dryness and excess wrinkles.

You’ve Decided To Wear A Night Guard? Great!

Now Keep It Clean

As you probably well know, wet and dark places are a great breeding ground for bacteria. Your night guard can go from a nice clear to yellow and smelly in a matter of months. Make sure you store your night guard in its original case. Clean with a soft toothbrush and a little toothpaste. Rinse thoroughly and store DRY. Dry is the secret to a clean long lasting night guard. You do not want water sitting in your guard night after night. Additionally, Efferdent makes a really great denture/retainer cleaner you can use once a week to preserve the life of your guard.

Additional Ways To Keep Yourself Young

Take Care of Yourself In A Natural Way 

Consumers will spend 290 billion  dollars this year (globally) on anti-aging products. There is always a latest and greatest product that claims reverse aging results. We think the best way to keep that healthy young look can be achieved spending as little money as possible.

Some tips to prolonging life spans and living well include:

  • Drinking purified water
  • Taking Vitamins
  • Wearing sunscreen
  • Exercising daily
  • Keeping stresses down
  • Eating raw fruits and vegetables


Other Reasons To Wear A Dental Night Guard At Night

Wearing a night guard has so many benefits! It prevents cracking and breaking of natural teeth and dental work. It will protect a new set of porcelain veneers, bonding, crowns & bridge work. If you wake up in the morning with jaw soreness, tension or pain this can be a sign that you’re either clenching your teeth at night or grinding them together.

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