Taking Care of your Mouth Guard

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It is important that you take care of your mouth guard to ensure its long life and your own oral hygiene. 

  • You ought to clean your guard with cold water or a rinse before and after you use it.
  • Use a toothbrush and paste to clean the guard regularly.
  • Store the guard in a strong, perforated box.  These are often provided with the mouth guard, but it is important that air can circulate within the box to prevent any bacterial growth.
  • Avoid direct sunlight or extreme temperatures in order to maintain the shape of the guard.
  • When you guard starts to feel different or cause you discomfort then you might need to replace it.
  • Ensure your dentist examines the mouth guard whenever you have a dental check up.
  • Wash it in soapy water from time to time.

If you take proper precautions then your mouth guard can last you a long time.  For those who use the mouth guard regularly then it might be necessary for you to get a new one every season, or every six months.  Mouth guards to wear down over time, and young people continue to change shape, making a new mouth guard necessary every so often. 

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