Do you participate in physical activities and use a mouth guard? Using a mouth guard could protect you from numerous dental hazards, but does it just get thrown into your bag after the game? Doing so can let bacteria, fungi or yeast form on your guard, meaning you could have dodged some obvious dangers but could be vulnerable to an entirely new one. Caring for this piece of safety equipment properly is not hard, and we want to help you understand how to do it.
Simply rinsing your mouth guard off is not adequate to clean it. Even though it might appear clean, you should remember that germs and bacteria are not visible to the naked eye. Dr. Shue Her recommends that you brush your mouth guard regularly with toothpaste and then give it a rinse in soapy water. Our dentist also recommends that you brush your teeth before and after wearing it.
Your mouth guard should be kept in its protective case when not in use and your guard should have ventilation until it has dried to help keep bacteria from growing. You should also clean the case regularly. Pits or cracks in your guard could be a perfect place for bacteria to develop. If yours has these, you may want to consider replacing it.
If you have questions about mouth guards in Gainesville, Georgia, or if you would like to make an appointment at Lifetime Dental, PC, please contact us at 770-536-6688. We would be happy to help you with your dental health concerns.