November 15, 2017 3 min read
Mouthguard Cleaning Tips
High sticks and elbows and pucks, oh my; there's no shortage of flying objects in a hockey game that have the potential to dislodge a tooth or two. While losing a tooth is something of a rite of passage among hockey players, a good mouthguard can save a player from a lot of pain and money over the course of a season. Mouthguards are like any other piece of equipment, however, in that they too require maintenance and cleaning to stay effective.
Cleaning a mouthguard can help Protect Your Teeth protect your teeth and reduce the risk of harm because of the sheer number of bacteria that a mouthguard collects over the course of just one game. Our mouths naturally contain a lot of bacteria, and the pre-game meals and shared bottles of Gatorade don't help. Studies have suggested that use of dirty mouthguards not only increases your risk of infection, but can also contribute to exercise-induced asthma. What's more, dirty samples of mouthguards collected from athletes have turned up not just bacteria but also yeast and even mold.
Follow the suggestions below to help ensure your mouthguard is as clean as possible:
By keeping the above tips in mind, you’ll be well on your way to keeping your mouthguard clean, helping you stay healthy so you can focus on more important aspects of the game.