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Do you have a mouth guard? If so, you need to make sure to clean and care for it regularly. If you fail to do so, the appliance will likely fail to protect and properly care for your teeth, gums, smile and jaw while you’re active. So, our doctor, Dr. Alan J. White, would like to help you know exactly how to keep your mouth guard in tip-top shape by recommending that you do the following things:

-Step No. 1: Keep your appliance clean by gently scrubbing it with a soft-bristled toothbrush and toothpaste after each use. If you don’t have your toothbrush and toothpaste handy, you can rinse the appliance with water. But don’t forget to clean it when you get home later!

-Step No. 2: After you clean the guard, it’s important to place it in a protective case and put it somewhere you won’t lose it. You should also avoid placing it in a warm or hot environment. The heat can warp the appliance and change its fit.

-Step No. 3: Avoid chewing on your appliance when it’s in the mouth. You should also replace your appliance at the beginning of each sports season. This is because the appliance likely collects plaque, and plaque is dangerous for the teeth, gums and smile.

To learn more about mouth guards in Staunton, Virginia, please contact Dr. Alan J. White, D.D.S. when you have the chance. Our dental team is here to give you the answers, information and details you’re looking for, so please don’t hesitate to call 540-886-1979 now. We look forward to helping you!