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Here’s How to Keep Your Athletic Mouth Guard Clean

Do your kids play contact sports? Then they may be wearing an athletic mouth guard. Unfortunately, these are a habitat for bacteria. Therefore, it’s important to learn how to clean your kids mouth guards and store it properly.

What You Can Do

  • First, use a non-abrasive toothbrush and a soft bristle toothbrush to scrub with
  • Second, soak the guard with hydrogen peroxide for no more than 10 minutes
  • Thirdly, use anti-bacterial soap and water
  • Finally, use non-alcohol-based cleaners that are specifically for mouth guards


  • Soak your mouth guard overnight
  • Use rubbing alcohol to clean it
  • Use hand sanitizer, dish soap or denture tablets
  • Put it in your dishwasher

What is an Athletic Mouth Guard?

Mouth guards help protect your child’s teeth from injuries when playing sports. Wear the mouth guard every time your child takes part in contact sports – hockey, basketball, baseball, football – but your child will also benefit from wearing his or her mouth protector when riding bikes, skateboarding, or on the playground.

If your child wears braces, it’s also important to protect his or her teeth from soft tissue injuries as well as the appliances fixed to the teeth. 

Mouth guards are available in several forms that you can buy in most sporting goods or department stores.  Your dentist will recommend the best option for your child.

  • Ready to wear or stock mouth guards are inexpensive.  Dentists generally don’t prefer these types as they typically don’t fit well or provide the protection needed to save teeth from injury. 
  • Boil and bite guards are slightly more expensive. 

Custom-fitted dental mouth guards are individually made in your dentist’s office. They are more expensive protectors, but since custom for your child, offer the most comfort and the best overall mouth and teeth protection.

While Dr. Nick’s office is physically closed, we are still here to answer your questions. Feel free to give us a call at 813.445.7162.

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