February 16, 2023
Teaching your child how to take care of their teeth is essential…you want to see a beautiful, healthy smile for years to come! In addition to a daily oral hygiene routine, they will need to know how to take care of their mouthguard if they use one for sports or as protective wear at night. Their customized mouthguard keeps their pearly whites safe from harm so you want it to stay in top condition. Read on to learn about five helpful tips to keep a mouthguard clean and effective.
#1. Rinse It with Cold Water After Every Use
It is important for your child to rinse their mouthguard each time they finish wearing it. This will remove any debris or plaque. Be sure to remind them to never use hot water while cleaning their mouthguard as it can damage it. They don’t want a misshaped mouthpiece!
#2. Deep Clean It Every Few Days
Since mouthguards are directly in contact with teeth and gums, your child will want to thoroughly clean it every few days. This will ensure it is free from any bad bacteria that could harm their smile. Teach them to brush their protective wear, just like they brush their pearly whites! They do not have to use toothpaste as it can be harsh on dental appliances.
Additionally, you can soak it in a denture cleaner once a week to get it exceptionally clean. As an alternative, use a mixture of distilled white vinegar and hydrogen peroxide. Soak the guard in each one for 30 minutes and then rinse thoroughly.
#3. Allow It to Completely Dry Before Storing It
Have you ever had mildew grow on a damp surface in your home? The same thing applies to mouthguards! By placing it on a clean surface and allowing it to dry before storing it, your child will ensure their dental gear doesn’t become a breeding ground for mildew or harmful bacteria. Use the same practices for their storage case; be sure to wash it frequently and dry it thoroughly.
#4. Always Store It in a Safe, Clean Space
Does your little one have a habit of leaving things all over the place? If so, you are not alone. Many parents struggle with their children misplacing items. This makes it all the more important to emphasize the importance of always placing their mouthguard in its storage case. It will not only keep it clean but save you time and money in the long run!
#5. Bring It to Dental Appointments
When your child visits their dentist every six months for an exam and cleaning, it’s always a good idea to bring their mouthguard so the dental team can inspect it and make sure that it still fits properly. You want it to always fit their smile perfectly for maximum protection. Some dentists can even professionally sanitize it so your little one can leave their office with a bright smile and a fresh, clean mouthguard.
About the Author
Dr. Angelica Rohner is eager to help keep your child’s smile whole, healthy, and beautiful! She is a board-certified pediatric dentist with specialized skills and training to meet the unique needs of babies, children, and adolescents. By providing a full range of preventive services, including dental sealants, fluoride treatments, and customized mouthguards, she can meet all your child’s oral health needs. To schedule an appointment, contact her through her website or call (205) 870-0892.
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