How do I care for my mouthguard?
Regardless of the type of mouthguard you get for your child, it will require regular care and cleaning. Work with your child to brush it after each use, scrubbing it with a toothbrush and toothpaste and rinsing it thoroughly. Make sure that the mouthguard has a sturdy case to help protect it from germs and to keep the mouthguard in good working order.
At Tooth Fairy, we want our patients to feel safe and secure in any situation, and especially help them to avoid injury.
There are five simple steps for cleaning you mouthguard.
- Rinse your mouthguard with warm water as soon as it is removed from your mouth.
- Brush the dental device gently with a soft or medium toothbrush.
- Let it dry. Place your mouthguard on a hard surface and let it dry completely.
- Store your device in a dry case.
Rinsing your mouthguard with warm water will help remove larger food debris as well as loosen some plaque. It is important to rinse it as soon as you remove it, so bacteria does not start building up. Also, food debris can begin to smell and deteriorate on the surface of the guard.
Drying your mouth guard before placing it back in its container will help prevent bacteria build up. We always recommend leaving the guard on a flat and dry surface for 15-20 minutes. Do not place the night guard on a napkin or any kind of paper that may already contain dirt or bacteria.