Essential Tips For Keeping Your Night Guard Clean

Essential Tips For Keeping Your Night Guard Clean

June 21, 2019

Night guards are an important dental appliance when it comes to protecting the teeth from the effects of grinding or clenching. However, it’s important to take care of them properly, so that you can use them for a longer period of time. Your dental hygiene routine should include cleaning your mouth guard as well apart from brushing and flossing.

Your dentist can help you with the cleaning instructions for the mouth guards. Here’s a look at some tips.

Rinse Immediately After Wearing

Every time you use the night guard, you must wash it with water as soon as possible, because it will help in removing any debris and plaque that’s stuck to the night guard.

Brush the Night Guard with Your Toothbrush

After you rinse the night guard, you can brush them gently with your toothbrush, says the dental professional. It would be better if you use a separate brush for cleaning it. However, avoid using toothpaste for brushing your night guard.

Lay the Night Guard on a Clean Surface and Allow It to Dry Completely

Before you store the night guard in its place, it’s important to let it dry completely. After washing it, keep it open for at least 15 to 30 minutes.

Always Store the Night Guard in a Case

During the day time, you must always place them in their case, so that they remain protected. Instead of the bathroom, place them in your bedroom to prevent bacteria and germs from accumulating on them.

Deep Clean your Night Guard Weekly

Cleaning your night guard deeply every week is important, according to the dentist near me. You can invest in a good OTC denture cleaner and place the night guard in a glass or bowl. But first let the cleaner completely dissolve in the water. you can also use a mixture of vinegar and hydrogen peroxide and soak the night guard for at least 30 minutes. You can also use a mixture of water and mouthwash for cleaning your mouth guards. However, don’t leave your night guard in any of these solutions, overnight.

Dr. Sonya Reddy received her education at the prestigious NYU College Of Dentistry, where she also received special training in Cosmetic Dentistry. Dr. Reddy is a member of the American Cosmetic Dentists, the Academy of General Dentistry, the American Dental Association, and a SMART certified and accredited member of the International Academy of Oral Medicine & Toxicology.