How should I clean my nightguard?

You’ve gone ahead and gotten that nightguard from Forever Dental. Now you need to take care of it!

Photo of a nightguardTaking care of your nightguard is essential for maintaining oral hygiene and ensuring the longevity of the guard. Regular cleaning is not just about hygiene; it’s about safeguarding your health. Below, we delve into the best practices for cleaning your night guard, ensuring it remains in top condition.

The importance of Cleaning Your Nightguard

Your night guard is a breeding ground for bacteria, plaque, and tartar if not cleaned properly. Neglecting its cleanliness can lead to oral health issues like bad breath, tooth decay, and gum disease. Cleaning your nightguard is a simple yet crucial step in your oral hygiene routine.

Step-by-Step Cleaning Guide

Daily Cleaning

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  1. Rinse Immediately After Use: As soon as you remove your nightguard in the morning, rinse it under lukewarm water. This step removes the immediate buildup of saliva and plaque.
  2. If needed, Brush with a Soft Toothbrush: If you have hard buildup or food stains, use a soft-bristled toothbrush (different from the one you use for your teeth) to gently brush the nightguard. Avoid using toothpaste as it can be abrasive; instead, use mild soap or a cleaner designed for nightguards.
  3. Soak in a Denture Cleaner: Use an over-the-counter denture cleaner. We recommend Efferdent. Soak your nightguard as per the instructions on the cleaner. This usually only requires 15-20 minutes, but you can safely leave it in the solution all day. This is, by far, the easiest way to keep your nightguard clean, especially if you have to wear it forever.
  4. Final Rinse and Dry: Rinse the nightguard thoroughly under lukewarm water to remove any denture cleaner residue. Shake off excess water

Storing Your Nightguard

You may need to store your nightguard. For example, if you are traveling with it.

  1. Dry Completely: Ensure your nightguard is completely dry before storing to prevent bacterial growth.
  2. Use a Ventilated Case: Store your nightguard in a case with air circulation. This prevents moisture buildup.
  3. Avoid Extreme Temperatures: Keep the storage case at room temperature, away from direct sunlight and heat sources.

Regular cleaning and proper storage of your nightguard are key to maintaining your oral health. By following these simple steps, you can ensure your nightguard stays clean, fresh, and effective for a long time. Remember, a clean nightguard is a cornerstone of good oral hygiene.