You have taken an important step in protecting your mouth, gums, cheeks and teeth by purchasing a mouth guard to wear when you play sports. Now that you have the guard, you may wonder how you should take care of it. This article will provide some basic steps on keeping your mouth guard clean and in working condition so that you can use it each and every time.
Your mouth guard is going to live in your mouth so you want it to be clean before each use. Prior to inserting the mouth guard, brush your mouth guard with your toothbrush and toothpaste. Rinse the guard well and then place in your mouth for use. After you are done, brush and rinse the guard again, and store in the dedicated container.
Once a month, clean your mouth guard with cool water and mild soap. This will help keep any bacteria off of the guard, and remove any dirt or dust that may have developed. Before using the guard, brush it with toothpaste and rinse well before use. If your mouth guard looks dirty, you may need to wash it more frequently than once a month.
Your mouth guard probably came in a special container. Save this container to place your guard in before and after use. Make sure the container is cleaned every time you remove the guard, so it is ready for the next use.
Many outdoor events take place on hot and sunny days. However, you should never leave your mouth guard out in the sun or place it in boiling water. Doing so may cause the guard to become misshapen, and it will no longer fit your mouth correctly.
After each use, and especially after you may have taken a blow to your face or a fall, check the guard for rips, tears, or other damage. Do not use the mouth guard if any damage is noted.
If you have any problems with your mouth guard, contact your dentist for help and guidance.
Posted on behalf of Kennesaw Mountain Dental Associates
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