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If you wake up with your teeth hurting every morning, that gradually improves; the culprit is probably bruxism. It is a condition in which you involuntarily start grinding or clenching teeth that puts unwarranted pressure on them, but fear not as a night guard in this situation can help. This appliance is a barrier between two teeth and is worn for long hours at night, making hygiene crucial. Take this blog as your initial guide to learn 5 different methods to clean a night guard.

  1. Brushing Gently with a Soft-bristled Toothbrush and Toothpaste
    Start by taking the night guards off as soon as you wake up and thoroughly washing them with cold water. Next, use a dedicated, small, soft-bristled toothbrush to gently brush and clean in circular motions. This adequately removes surface stains, debris, and bacteria. Once done, make sure your night guard is completely dry before storing it in a case to prevent bacterial growth.
  2. Soap and Water
    Rinsing is a compulsory step that everyone has to follow before employing any cleaning method. Once it is under running tap water, make a soapy solution with the help of an antibacterial or dish soap. Now submerge your night guard trays and gently brush the mouthguard with it to remove all sorts of gunk, residue, or buildup. Thoroughly rinse your night guard with water afterward to ensure no residue remains. Next, let the trays air dry completely before storage to prevent mold or bacterial growth. This method is a simple yet effective way to keep your night guard clean and fresh.
  3. Mouthwash
    Wearing an improperly cleaned night guard for a long time can make your breath go stale. However, submerging it in alcohol-free mouthwash diluted with water can help eliminate germs and bacteria that cause it. After soaking for some time, rinse the trays with cool water to get rid of any residual mouthwash. Once through, let them air dry completely before use. Incorporating mouthwash into your cleaning routine adds an extra layer of cleanliness to your mouthguard.
  4. Hydrogen Peroxide and Vinegar
    Vinegar is an ingredient present in almost every kitchen and you can use it to soak your mouthguard in it to disinfect the trays and remove stains. After the specified time you rinse it off with fresh water and soak in hydrogen peroxide to further sanitize it. Again, repeat the rinse step to get this solution out and dry before storing.
  5. Baking Soda
    If you cannot get your hand on any specific cleaner for this, you can make a home-made paste with baking soda and water that serves as a gentle yet effective cleaning solution for night guards. Simply put the paste mix on your trays and gently brush it in circular motions with a toothbrush to remove stains and bacteria. Once through, rinse thoroughly with cold water to ensure all residue is removed.
  6. Denture Cleaner
    If nothing is available you can always turn to over-the-counter denture cleaners available in the form of an effervescent tablet or powder to be diluted in water. Prepare the solution and soak the mouthguard in it for the recommended time and then rinse it with warm water to remove any cleaner residue.

Storage Instructions

To store a nightguard properly:

  1.  Use a case to keep it safe and not lose it.
  2.  Always thoroughly air dry your night guard to avoid moisture.
  3.  Choose the right location to safely keep your case.
  4.  Keep away from pets.
  5.  Store in a cool and dry place.

Closing Note

We hope this blog serves the purpose of providing details regarding the cleaning and maintenance of night guards. If you have more questions or queries, you can always get in touch with Dr. Ahmad Junaid Akram at Lonestar Dental Center to help you. Let our team take the lead and guide you toward the best possible care. Connect with us via call at (281) 233-0333 for more information on this matter.

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