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How to Clean Your Night Guard

How to Clean Your Night Guard

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The Why?

The night guard needs to be cleaned daily, with weekly deep cleaning.

The same bacteria in your mouth will be transferred onto your night guard after wearing it all night.

If your guard is not cleaned daily, the following can occur:

  • Bacteria buildup
  • Bad taste and/or odors
  • Mold and mildew
  • Plaque buildup
  • The guard becomes discolored or stained
  • Reduced lifespan for your guard


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The Dailey Routine

The best time to clean is first thing in the morning . If you wait until later, you place it at higher risk for bacterial growth. As it dries, the residue hardens and becomes hard to clean.

Simply brush the guard thoroughly with a toothbrush and toothpaste. Brush gently all sides and angles, not just the portion that comes in contact with the teeth.

Afterrwards, let it dry completely before storing the clean night guard in its case in a cool, dry place.

If in a rush, quickly rinsing the guard with water, but do your best to brush it when you have time.


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The Weekly Routine

Clean the night guard with denture cleaner or mouthguard cleaners. Avoid mouthwash that contains alcohol as this may damage the guard.

Also, regularly clean the guard's case by washing it with dish soap then thoroughly rinse it off.

To deep clean organically:

  1. soak in white vinegar for 30 min
  2. Rinse and soak in hydrogen peroxide for 30 min
  3. If the guard is starting to smell or turn colors, soak in water and baking soda solution for 30 min

Set a timer and do not over-soak in any cleaning liquid as it will damage the guard.


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Extra Do & Don't

  1. Do not throw the night guard in a dishwasher or boiling water. High heat can warp and ruin the night guard.
  2. Avoid bleach, since bleach can actually damage the night guard. It can also be dangerous if you don’t rinse all of the bleach off.
  3. Keep an eye out for any cracks, damage, or uneven wear. Replace the night guard at any first sign of damage to avoid damage to your teeth or jaw.


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