A mouth guard is an appliance worn by some athletes and sports players to protect their teeth from trauma. It can prevent serious injuries such as jaw fractures, neck injuries and abrasions in the mouth.
According to a study by the American General Dentistry, mouth guards can be the breeding ground to life-threatening bacteria and mold. Germs found in mouth guards can leave the entire team on the bench. For that reason, it is important that you take some time to sanitize your mouth guard. Here are some tips to help you protect your mouth guard from bacteria:
- Brush your teeth before wearing it.
- Clean it with soap and cold water.
- After cleaning, store it in a vented case made from anti-microbial material to prevent regrowth of bacteria.
- Replace it every season.
- Never share your mouth guard with any of your teammates and never use someone else’s.