Mouth Guards: Do You Know How to Clean Them?

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Do you use mouth guards when playing sports? Does your mouth guard get stuffed into your bag after your game? If so, you may be allowing bacteria, fungi or yeast to form on your guard. Taking care of this piece of safety equipment isn’t difficult, and we’d like to help you learn how today.

Using water to rinse your mouth guard may not be enough to truly clean it. Even though it might seem clean, germs and bacteria are not visible to the naked eye. Our dentists recommends that you brush your mouth guard regularly with toothpaste and then you may give it a rinse in soapy water. Dr. Tommy Rose also recommends brushing your teeth before and after wearing it.

Mouth guards should be stored in its protective case and with good ventilation until it has dried to help stop bacteria from growing. The case can also be cleaned regularly. If your guard has cracks or pits, it may be time to replace it as those could be perfect places for bacteria to develop.

If you have questions about mouth guards in the Moundridge, Kansas, area, please feel free to call Moundridge Dental at 620-345-2100. Our friendly team would be happy to help you protect your smile.