There is a plethora of reasons as to why you may need a mouthguard, night guard or retainer. If you play high impact sports, if you grind your teeth while you sleep, or if you just had your braces taken off, these helpful dental appliances keep your mouth safe no matter what the situation may call for. Well your tooth guard is busy doing all of the heavy lifting, the very least you can do is make sure that they stay clean, so that your teeth also stay sanitized and fresh. For some, it may be hard to know how exactly to keep them clean, so let’s take a look.
Now we’re going to take a quick look at a few mouth guard cleaning tips that can keep not only your mouth guard but also your teeth and gums free of bacterial infection.
Use an Anti-Bacterial Solution
Running water over your mouth guard is a good idea, but it should not be your full standardization regimen for your mouth guard. To aid in cleaning this dental appliance, use an antibacterial agent such as Guard Health. This will go a long way towards helping you clean the mouthguard in a pinch.
Deep-Clean Your Mouth Guard at Least Once a Month
A thorough clean should be conducted at least once a month, especially if you use the smoke guard once a day. It is not recommended to use a toothbrush to clean your mouth guard has the scrubbing motion from the toothbrush can lead to the breakdown of the plastic and metal needed to keep them out garden place. But using a denture cleaner, you can ensure that the mouth guard remains clean as the effervescent cleaners reach into the small spaces that other cleaner simply cannot.
Clean Your Case
Making sure your case is also clean is crucial, as this is what houses your mouth guard when you aren’t wearing it. Don’t be afraid to use toothpaste and a toothbrush on the case, as you don’t need to be so gentle with it.
Replace Your Mouth Guard, When Needed
Don’t hesitate to replace your mouth guard when you need it, as they collect so much bacteria. Be sure to replace your mouthguard when there are any cracks that grow to be so large they can cut your cheeks or gums.
We at Lotus Dental Care in Glendale Heights, IL, commend you for ensuring the health of your teeth, and we hope that you keep your mouth guard clean to continue staying safe.