How to Clean Night Mouth Guard

If you wear a mouth guard, you need to ensure that you keep it clean; otherwise, you leave your mouth susceptible to bacteria and infections.

There are many different options when it comes to how to clean your mouth guard, all of which you can find out more about below.

 

How to Clean Your Mouth Guard at Home?

You don’t need to visit your local dentist to have your mouth guard professionally cleaned, as there are several DIY cleaning solutions that are highly effective. These include:

 

Toothpaste

The toothpaste you use to brush your teeth can also be used to brush your mouth guard. To employ this method of cleaning your mouth guard, follow these simple steps:

  • Rinse your mouth guard is cool water
  • Apply a small amount of toothpaste to a soft-bristled toothbrush
  • Gently brush the mouth guard
  • Rinse off the toothpaste using cool water
  • Allow the mouth guard to air dry

 

Soap and Water

Soap and water are another effective cleaning solution for your mouth guard, but you need to make sure that you use mild and alcohol-free soap; if not, you could damage it.

When using soap and water to wash your mouth guard, follow the below steps:

  • Rinse your mouth guard in cool water
  • Apply a small amount of soap to the mouth guard
  • Gently brush the mouth guard using a soft-bristled toothbrush
  • Thoroughly rinse the mouth guard in cool water to remove all traces of soap
  • Allow the mouth guard to air dry

 

Mouthwash

If you’re concerned about bacteria growing in your mouth guard and infecting your mouth, an antibacterial mouthwash is a good choice for cleaning it.

To use mouthwash, follow the below steps:

  • Select an alcohol-free mouthwash
  • Rinse your mouth guard in cool water
  • Add a capful of mouthwash to a sterilized glass
  • Dilute with enough water to cover your mouth guard
  • Soak your mouth guard for 30 minutes
  • Remove and rinse with cool water
  • Allow your mouth guard to air dry

 

Baking Soda

Baking soda is an incredibly versatile and natural cleaning remedy and can be highly effective in removing debris and banishing bad odors from your mouth guard.

To use baking soda, follow the below steps:

  • Mix an equal ratio of baking soda and water in a bowl to create a paste
  • Dip a soft-bristled toothbrush into the mixture and gently brush your mouth guard
  • Thoroughly rinse the mouth guard with cool water
  • Allow it to air dry

 

Hydrogen Peroxide and Vinegar

If you have not cleaned your mouth guard for a long time or it looks particularly dirty, it probably needs a deep clean – and hydrogen peroxide and vinegar can do the trick. They are both affordable and easy to get hold of; plus, they are exceptionally good at cleaning.

To use hydrogen peroxide and vinegar to clean your mouth guard, follow the below steps:

  • Rinse your mouth guard in cool water
  • Apply a small amount of toothpaste to a soft-bristled toothbrush
  • Gently brush the mouth guard
  • Rinse off the toothpaste using warm water
  • Allow the mouth guard to air dry

Note that you should always use a separate toothbrush when cleaning with hydrogen peroxide, not the one you use daily to brush your teeth.

 

Do You Need to Use Chemicals to Clean Your Mouth Guard?

If you are worried that the above cleaning solutions will not be effective enough to protect your teeth and overall oral health, you may be tempted to try stronger chemical-based cleaning alternatives.

For example, you might want to try a denture cleaner. However, it is worth noting that these contain sodium hypochlorite, which is a type of chemical bleach. Although these are safe for your mouth when used correctly, some people prefer not to put such harsh chemicals in their mouths.

If you do choose to use a denture cleaner, always make sure you read the instructions carefully before use and avoid soaking your mouth guard for longer than recommended – this could damage the guard.

 

How to Use a Denture Cleaner to Clean Your Mouth Guard

Using a denture cleaner to clean your mouth guard is fairly straightforward; all you need to do is follow these simple steps:

  • Fill a sterilized glass with warm water
  • Add the powder or cleaning tablet
  • Place your mouth guard into the solution
  • Keep your guard soaking for 5-10 minutes
  • Remove and rinse with cool water
  • Allow your mouth guard to air dry

 

How Often Should You Clean Your Mouth Guard?

Ideally, you should clean your mouth guard after every use as this will help prevent bad breath and a buildup of bacteria and infections. Also, aim to deep clean your mouth guard at least once a month with a stronger cleaning solution, such as hydrogen peroxide or a denture cleaner.

 

How to Care for Your Mouth Guard

As well as making sure you clean your mouth guard regularly, there are several other steps that you can take to ensure it stays in optimal condition and can care for your mouth and teeth in the best possible way.

These are as follows:

  • Allow your mouth guard to fully dry after cleaning before using it again, as this will help reduce bacterial growth
  • Store your mouth guard in a durable and vented container, which will help keep it moisture-free when not in use
  • Clean your mouth guard’s storage container at least twice a week
  • Do not expose your mouth guard to hot water, hot air, or too much sunlight to avoid damaging it
  • Keep your mouth guard out of reach of young children and pets
  • Always clean your mouth guard before use if you drop it on the floor
  • Brush and floss your teeth before using your mouth guard
  • Do not share your mouth guard with anyone else
  • Bring your mouth guard to your dental check-ups so that your dentist can check its condition
If you are worried about your mouth guard or you need further help with using or cleaning it, our highly trained and personable Asheville dentist is more than happy to assist you. Get in touch with our friendly team, who’ll ensure