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Once you have had your mouth guard adjusted to fit your teeth, it is important to learn how to properly maintain and care for this appliance. It will last longer if you properly care for it. Your dentist will first ensure optimal fit and check that it does not have any sharp edges that could irritate or damage the gum tissue or cheeks.

A mouth guard should only be worn during sports practices and games. Each time after wearing your mouth guard, check it for damage. If it is damaged, replace it so it doesn’t irritate the gum tissue.  Do not chew on the mouth guard because you could weaken the effectiveness of the material.

After wearing your mouth guard, you should clean it with cool water and use your toothbrush and toothpaste to eliminate bacteria that may develop during usage. Rinse and place it in a container until the next practice or game, and keep at room temperature. Be sure to visit your dental professional for regular dental appointments, and to discuss any concerns or questions you have regarding mouth guard usage in sports.