Calcium Buildup on the Nightguards

Calcium Buildup on the Nightguards

Dec 01, 2022

What are Nightguards?

Nightguards are a type of dental appliance used to protect teeth from grinding and clenching. They are made of plastic, and they cover the upper teeth. Nightguards can be custom-made for each patient, helping to prevent damage to your teeth while they sleep at night.

Why Is My Night Guard Turning Orange?

If you have wondered why your night guard has turned orange, it is likely due to a calcium buildup. While this may seem a cause for concern, it is quite common and nothing to worry about.

There are a few reasons why calcium can build up on your night guard. One is that when you wear your night guard, saliva can collect on it and harden. This is especially true if you don’t clean your night guard regularly. Over time, this hardened saliva can lead to a calcium buildup.

Another reason for a calcium buildup is that the material of your night guard itself can break down and release calcium into the saliva on the surface of the guards. This is more common in older nightguards made of lower-quality materials.

Finally, if you live in an area with hard water, that water can also contribute to a calcium buildup on your night guard.

What is Calcium?

Calcium is a mineral that supports bones and teeth and keeps them strong. When people do not get enough calcium in their diet, the body takes calcium from the bones, weakening them and breaking them easily. People with calcium deficiency may also have other problems, such as high blood pressure or muscle cramps.

Most people get enough calcium from the foods they eat, like milk, cheese, yogurt, leafy green vegetables, and certain types of fish, such as salmon and sardines. Some people may need a calcium supplement if they do not get enough calcium from their diet.

Why Does It Collect On Our Nightguards?

There are a few reasons why calcium buildup can occur on nightguards. First, plaque and tartar can build up on the appliance’s surface if the nightguard is not properly cleaned.

Over time, this can lead to the hardening of the material and, eventually, calcium deposits. Secondly, if the nightguard is not fitted correctly, it can rub against the teeth and irritate them. This can also lead to plaque and tartar buildup and calcium deposits. Finally, certain medications (such as calcium supplements) can increase the saliva’s calcium levels, leading to calcium buildup on the nightguard.

How To Remove Calcium Buildup?

If you have a nightguard with too much calcium buildup, it’s important to see your Gilbert dentist so they can adjust the fit of your nightguard or provide you with a new one.

Additionally, it is important to take the necessary steps to reduce calcium buildup, and here are a few ways:

  • Clean Your Nightguards Regularly. The best way to prevent calcium buildup within your eyewear is by making sure that you clean them regularly. You should also ensure that this cleaning process is done correctly so that no water gets inside where it shouldn’t be—this will help prevent mold or bacteria from growing there due to poor hygiene practices (don’t forget about handwashing).

  • Use a soft-bristled toothbrush, which is gentler on your teeth and gums than a hard bristle brush. You may want to use some water to help remove the calcium buildup.

  • If you cannot remove the calcium buildup, visit your dentist for further treatment options. The dentist will professionally clean and polish all surfaces with significant buildup.

  • Soak the mouthguards in a denture cleaner when you are not wearing them to keep them moist and prevent bacterial buildup. The bacteria can affect the jaw, gums, and teeth and lead to infection and decay.

Does Your Mouthguard Need Replacing?

If you notice that your mouthguard has become damaged or discolored, it should be replaced immediately. The same goes if a foul odor comes from your mouthguard’s interior. If pain and discomfort persist after taking good care of your mouthguard and changing it when needed, it’s time to replace it!

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