Custom mouthguards are designed to protect the mouth and body. Sports mouthguards keep athletes' mouths safe in cases of impacts and injuries. Night mouthguards resist the effects of bruxism. However, a dirty mouthguard can cause harm by exposing the patient to harmful bacteria and other pathogens. Just as good oral hygiene is important for maintaining healthy teeth, good mouthguard care is important to maintain the effectiveness, healthiness, and lifespan of the mouthguard.
How to Clean a Custom Mouthguard
The first step after removing the mouthguard is to rinse it with warm water. Rinsing the mouthguard will remove large food particles and a significant amount of plaque. After rinsing the mouthguard, brush it with a soft-bristled toothbrush. Brushing will remove the remainder of the food debris and plaque. However, refrain from using toothpaste, as many toothpastes are abrasive enough to damage the mouthguard. After brushing, place the mouthguard on a hard surface, and let it air dry. Avoid placing it on a bacteria-attracting surface such as a paper towel or a napkin. Once the mouthguard is dry, place it in a clean, dry case. The case will prevent the accumulation of bacteria and the warping of the mouthguard.
Deep Cleaning for a Custom Mouthguard
Our team recommends performing a deep cleaning on custom mouthguards once a week. One way to accomplish this is to soak the mouthguard in mouthwash for 10 minutes. Our team advises our patients to select a brand and color that will not stain the mouthguard. Antibacterial soap and water is another deep-cleaning option, but patients are advised to rinse the mouthguard thoroughly after washing. And our team can perform a professional cleaning on your mouthguard. If you have questions about how to care for your nightguard, contact our office for a consultation.