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Is Toothpaste the Right Way to Clean a Mouth Guard?

Posted on 8/9/2021 by office
Is Toothpaste the Right Way to Clean a Mouth Guard?A mouth guard is a removable oral device that covers your teeth. You wear a mouth guard to protect your teeth from physical damage in sporting activities or damage caused by teeth grinding. Mouth guards are very effective at reducing the effects of grinding when you sleep. Most athletes also wear mouth guards when playing highly physical games like boxing, hockey, or rugby to prevent dental injuries.

Since mouth guards go in your mouth, it always important to clean them. Cleaning them is important because bacteria in your mouth can build around these devices. Without proper and regular cleaning, the bacteria will multiply and cause infections. Therefore, you need to clean your mouth guard just like you clean your teeth. One ideal way to clean your mouth guard is with the use of toothpaste, which is very effective and is highly recommended. Read on to find out how you should be cleaning your mouth guard.

Cleaning Your Mouth Guard

You can clean your mouth guard using non-abrasive toothpaste and a soft-bristled toothbrush. It is very important to have a specific toothbrush for your mouth guard to avoid cross-contamination of bacteria. It is also important to avoid using abrasive toothpaste and hard-bristled toothbrushes because they can damage the mouth guard. To clean your mouth guard effectively using toothpaste, start by rinsing the mouth guard in cool water. Then, apply a small amount of toothpaste to your toothbrush. Brushing the mouth guard gently and cover all the necessary areas. Finish by rinsing off the toothpaste and letting it dry.

Keep in mind that mouth guards can easily transmit infections if not cleaned thoroughly. As much toothpaste is meant to be used on teeth, it contains various components that help get rid of bacteria. This is why it is recommended to use it on mouth guards. Taking good care of your mouth guard will make it durable. It is also more comfortable to wear a clean mouth guard. Visit our office for some tips on why using toothpaste on mouth guards is highly recommended.

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