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Initial post: Nov 5, 2007 11:11:17 PM PST
D. Barnes says:
How do I clean my mouth guard? Now that I have worn it for awhile it seems to have a foul odor.

In the dental office we suggest a couple of ways to clean mouth guards, night guards, whitening trays, retainers and partial or full dentures.

Brushing with toothpaste btween uses should be a daily routine and is good enough to control build up and foul odors most of the time. This works best if you brush as soon as you remove the oral appliance from use, before it dries out. But when you start to notice a foul oder it may require soaking in a cleaning solution to remove any offending bacterial film.

One way to do this is by using a common household item, chlorine laundry bleach, not the scented kind but the plain original old fashion bleach. mix about a one fourth of a teaspoon into about 12 ounces of tap water, cool not hot. Soak your mouth guard in the solution for about 5 minutes, then remove and rinse with water, then brush it well using tooth paste, then finally, rinse again. Do not place the guard or oral appliance directly into your mouth without rinsing to off first!

A second common way to to do this is to purchase denture cleaning tablets from the store, generic brands work the same as name brand but much cheaper. Follow the direction of dissolving the tablet in water until it turns blue, soak your guard until the solution turns clear, rmove and rinse, brush, rinse, same as above.

A few words of caution. Do not place anything from either of the cleaning solutions directly into your mouth without rinsing first! Do not forget and leave guards or retainers in either type of cleaning solution too long, it can leave a bad taste in the plastic or sometimes even make the plastic sticky soft on the surface. Do not use the soak in solution cleaning method more than one time per week! And never soak a guard or plastic oral appliance in oral mouthrinses or mouthwash because the alcohol and chemicals can attack and ruin the plastic.

Hope that helps the odor problem?

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 25, 2008 8:54:24 PM PDT
L.A. Phil says:
I have kept my night guard clean by leaving it soaking in hydrogen peroxide while not in use. I just rinse it off before use and upon removal from my mouth.
I have gotten many years of use this way.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 13, 2008 5:41:23 PM PDT
K. Merk says:
My dentist recommended 1 T. bleach and 1 T. water softener for an hour a week. Make sure you rinse it well.

Posted on Nov 13, 2013 12:31:10 PM PST
I have tried mouthwash, which I see now, I should not have used. I also used denture cleansers and last night, baking soda. Nothing has worked. Today I will try the bleach method. I hope I don't have to buy another one. They are not cheap. I rinsed my guard off every morning and brushed with toothpaste several times a week, thinking this would be enough but now I will soak in bleach once a week if this works. Thanks for the info.
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