How to care for your mouth guard
It is very important for oral health that you clean and care for your mouth guard. If not, they can become breeding grounds for bacteria, mould and fungi- causing other dental issues.
Cleaning and storage of mouth guards
- Directly after use the mouth guard should always be rinsed with cold or lukewarm water, this removes saliva, bacteria and any deposits.
- Clean regularly with a toothbrush and good quality toothpaste.
- Subsequent rinsing with a mouthwash solution can ensure a fresh flavour and offer additional anti-bacterial protection.
- You can also use an antimicrobial denture-cleansing solution, but this is not absolutely necessary.
- Allow the mouth guard to air dry before storing it in it’s own box to prevent it from deforming.
- Prolonged exposure to sunlight renders the mouthguard material brittle. So after cleaning, be sure to pack away in the box provided.
When should I replace my Slam Gum Guard?
- Your Slam Gum Guard should be replaced every 18 months- 2 years. For children under 14 we recommend checking the fit more frequently, as the jaw is still growing.
- You should regularly inspect your mouth guard and check for signs of wear and tear and replace if:
- it becomes distorted or develops sharp jagged edges;
- you develop oral irritation or ulcers.
And finally, be sure to have regular check-ups with your dentist!