How to clean a mouthguard

How to clean a mouthguard

Last Updated on June 5, 2022 by Joshua Poole

How to clean a Mouthguard

Mouthguards can get pretty dirty, and unless you clean your mouthguard regularly, it can become a breeding ground for bacteria.

Stains are also another reason why you should clean your mouthguard. If you drink dark-coloured beverages like coffee or red wine or eat foods known to stain teeth, such as tomato-based sauces or curries, there is a chance that stains could be transferred to the mouthguard.

After every use, wash your mouthguard in cold water using dishwashing liquid.

After every use, wash your mouthguard in cold water using dishwashing liquid. Use a soft-bristled brush to scrub all surfaces of the guard. Then rinse thoroughly with cold water and air dry. Please do not leave your mouthguard in hot water because it can cause the plastic to warp, making it less effective later.

Rinse the mouthguard with cold water, and then let it air dry.

So you’ve cleaned your mouthguard, but that’s only half the battle. You also need to ensure that it gets enough air to dry completely before storing it in its protective case. If your mouthguard is wet and you put it away, this can promote the growth of bacteria. Bacteria often lead to infections, so by having a moist environment for them to thrive, you’re putting yourself at risk of getting sick.

After you’ve taken the time to dry your mouthguard thoroughly, store it in its protective case or somewhere else where other objects won’t contact it unnecessarily. This will help keep your mouthguard sanitary and safe from contamination by any foreign objects or substances.

Store your clean and dry mouthguard in its protective case.

When cleaning your mouthguard, it’s essential to dry it thoroughly before placing it back in its protective case. Dentists recommend giving the mouthguard at least an hour to dry before using it again.

If you don’t have a case for your mouthguard, you can purchase one from us at CHAMP Mouthguards here.

If you’re unsure which product might be best for you, talk with your orthodontist about their recommendation.

It’s also important not to leave the mouthguard in the sun or near extreme heat because this can cause damage and compromise the mouthguard’s structural integrity over time.

Follow these steps to clean your mouthguard

Step 1: First, it’s essential to know the anatomy of a mouthguard. The main parts are the top tray, base tray, and tongue side.

Step 2: Next, you’ll need a toothbrush (and possibly some dishwashing liquid) to get into the grooves of your mouthguard.

Step 3: Then use a disinfectant like our CHAMP SPRAY if you want a thorough cleaning (don’t use this method too often, though).

Step 4: Finally, once you’re done cleaning your mouthguard, it should be ready to go again!

How Long Do Mouthguards Last?

Mouthguards are an essential part of your sports gear. They provide a barrier between your teeth, gums, lips and cheeks from the outside world. This means that they protect you from hard balls that can be flying around your mouth at high speeds during sports play. 

The Australian Dental Association reports that sports mouthguards have significantly reduced injury in many sports, including football, hockey, soccer, basketball, baseball, lacrosse, and boxing. You should always check with the rules of a given sport before playing to see what types of protective gear are required for safe participation. They’re designed to cushion and protect your teeth and mouth during intense athletic activities.

It’s essential to have an up-to-date mouthguard that fits well to feel comfortable and confident whenever you play or participate in sports or other high-impact activities. Nothing worse than having to continue to bite down on your mouthguard to hold it in place whilst participating in sport.

Even if you have a well-fitting mouthguard, they require replacement after a while. Many people are confused about how often to replace their mouthguards, so we’re here to clear things up! Here’s what you need to know.

How long do mouthguards last? Well, the answer depends on what kind of mouthguard you have.

If you have a stock mouthguard, these should be replaced every three months or more frequently if they begin to break down or lose shape. These one-size-fits-all guards typically last for about six months or less because they don’t fit well and break down quickly.

On the other hand, boil and bite mouthguards can be used for six months. After this period has passed, it’s vital that you replace your mouthguard with a new one. While boil and bites are a cost-effective option, it can add up to having to replace your mouthguard every six months. Not to mention the inconvenience of constantly needing to source a replacement boil and bite and the environmental impact of going through so many mouthguards.

And as far as custom-fitted mouthguards go, these can last anywhere from 1 to 3 years before needing replacement. The key here is keeping an eye on them and replacing them when it becomes necessary… usually because they’re too loose or because they’ve started to distort your bite in any way.

Confused about the different types of mouthguards and not sure which type is right for you? Check out our handy guide to the different types of mouthguards here.

To keep a custom-made mouthguard in top condition, avoid the following:

  • Exposing it to excess heat from boiling water. Please do not submerge the mouthguard in hot water, as this can cause the material to lose its shape, become brittle, and break.
  • Biting down too hard on the mouthguard when fitting it for size. Too much pressure can break the material and cause it to lose its shape or tear.
  • Using abrasive cleaners when brushing. These can scratch and damage the finish of a mouthguard over time. Using a soft-bristled brush with cold tap water is advised instead.
  • Exposing your mouthguard to hot temperatures, such as leaving it in a hot car or out in direct sunlight for extended periods, will degrade its composition slightly faster than keeping it at room temperature.

Ultimately, a custom-made mouthguard is an essential investment in the health of your teeth and for your protection on the sporting field. While it may be more money up-front, custom mouthguards are made-to-last using premium materials.