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What Is The Best Way to Clean a Mouthguard?

Dental mouthguards are worn for a variety of reasons.  Hi there, it’s Dr. Joseph and whatever the reason for wearing one, I want to go into the best way to clean a mouthguard. In addition to daily cleaning, you’ll also learn how to deep clean your mouthguard, and the best way to store it.

What is the best way to clean a mouthguard?

No doubt about it, cleaning your mouthguard is mandatory for good oral hygiene. Whether it’s an athletic mouth guard or a night guard, cleaning it ensures your teeth are protected from harmful bacteria. Remember, bacteria can accumulate on your guard and transfer to your teeth and gums. Bacteria not only cause dental problems, it causes health issues as well. Here’s the best way to clean a mouthguard in three easy steps.

Rinse your guard immediately with warm water after each use. Do this before brushing your mouth guard to loosen up any bacteria or plaque that built up while wearing the device.  Avoid hot water since it can affect the shape of the mouthguard.

Gently brush your mouthguard using a toothbrush. Use a soft bristle toothbrush. A too harsh toothbrush can wear down the guard over time. And use a toothbrush just for cleaning your guard to avoid any cross-contamination with your personal toothbrush. If you choose to use toothpaste on your mouthguard, be sure to use a nonabrasive brand.

Dry your mouthguard completely. Set your guard on a clean surface and allow it to air dry. This usually takes about 15-30 minutes. Remember, if  you don’t let your mouthguard dry completely bacteria growth may occur. Once it’s dry, place it in a clean case to protect from damage. Be sure to wash your case every 2-3 days to keep it bacteria-free.

Important tip: Store your mouthguard outside of the bathroom so humidity and steam won’t cause it to warp over time.

What else should I know about my mouthguard?

In addition to daily cleaning, you should also deep clean your mouthguard at least once a week. Use a denture cleaner, a mixture of mouthwash and water, or a combination of vinegar and hydrogen peroxide to deep clean your mouthguard. Let your guard soak for at least 30 minutes. Again, you want your mouth guard to be completely dry before placing it in the case.

Mouth guards need replacing every six to 12 months. Using a warn-out mouth guard can compromise its effectiveness and cause mouth pain and soreness. Be sure to bring your guard to each office visit so the fit can be checked.

Experiencing teeth grinding or jaw pain – or even just taking up a new sport? Whether you need a night guard for bruxism or an athletic mouth guard, we can custom fit your guard and make sure it is doing its job. Just click the button below to schedule an appointment, use our contact form, or give us a call at 336-560-3636

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