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Old 11-08-2006, 08:55 AM   #1
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Cleaning Mouthguards?

I live in the UK and have just recieved my second soft mouthguard, what do you think is the best way to clean a mouthguard? My dentist said to just use a tooth brush and cold water, and to leave a bit of water in the box after using it. This is what i did with my last mouthguard and after a while it started to turn yellow.lol So what do you think, how do you clean yours?

 
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Old 11-08-2006, 06:42 PM   #2
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Re: Cleaning Mouthguards?

Although I wear a hard acrylic mouth guard I was told not to brush it or use tooth paste since that can be abrasive and etch the material allowing it to absorb discoloration from food and drink. I'm not sure if that would also apply to soft mouth guards. I was told to hand wash it with - believe it or not - plain soap and water. Keeping it in some water allows the material to remain pliable and not dry out which would let it become brittle so I don't think that would cause it to turn yellow. Maybe you could ask him if soaking it in denture cleaner occasionally would help it stay clear?

 
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Old 11-09-2006, 09:45 AM   #3
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Re: Cleaning Mouthguards?

I have an acrylic one and my dentist told me not to use tooth-paste. Thats something I heard from an previous dentist as well and that was when using the rubber version. So no tooth paste! When it comes to the acrylic he told me to use plain soap and brush. I think its very (impossible) to clean the mouthguard only by hand. He also mention that I coould use lemon mixed with water now and then. Squeze one lemon and mix it with 50% water. Put the mouthguard in the mix and let it stay there for like 4 hours. The citric acid should not affect the acrylic. Then brush with the tooth brush. I have used the acrylic for one year now and I use soap and brush once (in the morning) every day and theres no problem with it. I have a separate toothbrush only for the mouthguard, to be sure that it is clean from tooth paste. Btw, I use the kind of soap you buy in a bottle from which you squeeze out the soap. Hope you know what I mean... my english is not all that =)

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Old 11-17-2006, 10:30 AM   #4
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Re: Cleaning Mouthguards?

Thank you both! When washing it, you use cold water right and not hot water? And do you dry it after washing it or do you let it dry naturally?

I'm really confused now about what mouthguard I have.lol Maybe I do have a hard acrylic mouthguard, I just typed that into google images and it does look the same as mine. I typed soft mouthguard into google images and nothing came up. I wasn't told it was a soft mouthguard, I just presumed it was because it doesn't feel that hard. My mouthguard feels kind of rubbery and it's see through.

 
Old 11-17-2006, 12:23 PM   #5
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Cold water... Then I let i dry naturally.
If you have a hard one you cannot bend it (mine will break and the dentist told me to be careful not to drop it). If its the soft one its more like rubber. But if you lay a pair of new ones side by side I could not tell the difference by just looking. Perhaps the acrylic is more glass-like, whilst the rubber are a bit more semi-transparent

I think (own experience) the rubber one absorbs dirt which discolorate it more easily. I had to replace the soft one to a hard one, because it didnt relief my jaws at all. The specialist said (but in other words) that the soft one actually did more harm to me than to relief the jaws. Yes, it protected my teeth, but it was not good to chew gum all-night, which the soft one enable me to to as it flexed. The hard one is to me a lot better though I can still wake up with sore jaws. But its 10-times better than before

 
Old 11-18-2006, 06:12 AM   #6
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try soaking it in hydrogen peroxide...it will clean it and get rid of yellowness.....or you can go to the drug store and get some denture soak

 
Old 11-19-2006, 09:19 AM   #7
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^Thanks!

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Cold water... Then I let i dry naturally.
If you have a hard one you cannot bend it (mine will break and the dentist told me to be careful not to drop it). If its the soft one its more like rubber. But if you lay a pair of new ones side by side I could not tell the difference by just looking. Perhaps the acrylic is more glass-like, whilst the rubber are a bit more semi-transparent

I think (own experience) the rubber one absorbs dirt which discolorate it more easily. I had to replace the soft one to a hard one, because it didnt relief my jaws at all. The specialist said (but in other words) that the soft one actually did more harm to me than to relief the jaws. Yes, it protected my teeth, but it was not good to chew gum all-night, which the soft one enable me to to as it flexed. The hard one is to me a lot better though I can still wake up with sore jaws. But its 10-times better than before
Thanks for all the info. I must have a soft mouthguard then because it does bend.

Reading that has made me a bit gutted, sounds like the hard guards are much better. I wonder why the dentist decided to give me a soft guard, do the soft mouthguards cost less?

 
Old 11-20-2006, 02:34 AM   #8
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Yes the soft one is cheaper and thats why you have got one I think. Most often they (you) start with a soft one to see if that improves anything. To some, the softer one is good enough.

 
Old 11-23-2006, 05:39 AM   #9
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^You say most people start with a soft mouthguard, but this is my second soft mouthguard now.

 
Old 11-23-2006, 09:05 AM   #10
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Why did you need a new one? I mean a soft one could be the correct one for you to use. But if you had problems before trying a mouthguard. And if after you've tried one still have problems, then perhaps something else would help better. Perhaps its time to ask your dentist why he/she did the decision?

 
Old 11-24-2006, 03:06 AM   #11
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A few reasons really, one because I had wisdom teeth out so it didn't fit that great and two because it turned a bit yellow. But the mouthguard was causing me great pain as well, but maybe that was because it didn't fit that great. I was told to get another mouthguard so I did.

 
Old 11-24-2006, 09:17 AM   #12
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Ok. Thats good causes to make a new one I think you should ask him next time about the possiblity to use a hard one, costs etc. Simply ask if he thinks it would be of more benefit or not for you. And if not, why!

 
Old 12-03-2006, 12:56 AM   #13
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Re: Cleaning Mouthguards?

With my soft bitegaurd I use my mentadent toothpaste with contains peroxide and baking soda ( a natural deodoraizer) then rinse it with peroxide. Works great.

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