If you are an athlete using a sports mouth guard or someone who is actively dealing with involuntary teeth grinding with a night mouth guard, keeping it clean is crucial! Not following a proper hygiene regime can lead to bacterial growth, infections, and unpleasant breath. If you are not sure about how to properly clean your mouth guard, consider this blog as your initial guide.
How to Clean Your Mouthguard at Home?
Here are the top 5 techniques to wash your mouth guard.
- Using Toothpaste
- Start by rinsing your mouth guard in cold water.
- Then, apply pea-sized, non-abrasive toothpaste on a soft-bristled toothbrush.
- Now, gently brush the mouth guard covering all surfaces.
- Once done, rinse off the toothpaste thoroughly under running water.
- Put your mouthguard on a tissue paper to air-dry completely.
- Soap and Water Solution
- Step one is rinsing the mouth guard in cool water.
- Use mild, alcohol-free soap. If it is unavailable, you can also use dish soap as an alternative.
- Gently brush the mouthguard with the soapy solution.
- Rinse under water to remove all suds.
- Allow it to air-dry.
- Use a Mouthwash
- Wash your mouth guard.
- Pour a cupful of alcohol-free mouthwash into a clean glass.
- Dilute it with water till there is enough solution to cover your mouthguard.
- Soak it for 30 minutes.
- Remove and clean with cool water.
- Put your mouth guard to dry out in the room.
- Baking Soda
- Take a clean bowl and mix equal parts baking soda and water to create a paste.
- Dip your toothbrush in that paste and gently brush your mouth guard with it.
- Once done, flush it thoroughly under water.
- Dry it.
- Hydrogen Peroxide and Vinegar
- Rinse your mouth guard and put it in a glass with enough vinegar to cover it.
- Let it sit for 30 minutes.
- Remove and lightly wash the mouth guard under running water.
- Again, keep the mouthguard in the glass with diluted hydrogen peroxide and let the solution encapsulate it.
- Wait for 30 minutes.
- Clean your mouthguard thoroughly with water.
- Let it air-dry.
Can You Clean A Mouth Guard with Chemicals?
If you feel that your mouth guard requires a deeper cleanse and regular cleaning is not working out, consider using an over-the-counter (OTC) non-abrasive denture cleaner.
These chemical cleaners contain sodium hypochlorite as their main ingredient. When used according to the product’s directions, it is safe for both you and your mouthguard.
However, OTC cleaners may also contain synthetic fragrances and artificial dyes, which could be a concern for those sensitive.
Cleaning Technique with Chemicals
The process is not that different as compared to other cleaning methods:
- Fill a glass with warm water and pour in the cleaner tablet or powder into it.
- Place your mouth guard in the solution and let it soak for 5 to 10 minutes
- Once done, run your mouth guard thoroughly under cool water.
- Make sure you get all the residue out.
- When you are sure that your mouth guard is squeaky clean, close the tap and let it dry in normal air.
Brushing with A Cleanser Solution
- After soaking, wash your mouth guard with cold water.
- Dip your toothbrush into that cleanser solution and brush your mouthguard.
- Wash your mouthguard again with cold water and leave it to dry.
How Often Should You Clean Your Mouthguard?
Our dental care expert, Dr. Fahd Yousaf, DDS, recommends cleaning the mouth guard after every use to maintain optimal oral hygiene. In order to maintain the structural health of your appliance, use cleaning options like non-abrasive toothpaste, soap and water solution, mouthwash, etc. For a deeper clean, denture cleaners can work well, but that too, once a month.
Incorporate simple practices into your routine to see your mouth device in its best shape, ensuring oral health and comfort. If you wish to learn more information about mouth guards in Stafford or Washington, do not hesitate to reach out to Precision Smile Dentistry. You can call us at (540) 300 2255 Stafford and (202) 552 0077 Washington or drop by our office too.