Mouthguards . . . Are They Making You Sick?

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February 25, 2014 by Ronda

Is your child’s mouthguard contributing to them being sick this winter? We all know mouthguards are a necessity in hockey, but we need to ensure we are disinfecting them regularly. How many people have been sick this season? Many times they have been on the ice 3-4 times in a week and just throw their mouthguards back into the hockey bag after use.

Our mouths are full of bacteria, part of a good hygiene regimen is cleaning our mouths daily, several times to reduce the amount of bacteria on a daily basis. Mouthguards should be treated the same way. Plastic is extremely porous and will harbor bacteria and viruses, which can proliferate and can reinfect our bodies with an even more virulent strain of bacteria or virus.

There is an easier way . . .  mouthguard disinfecting spray. Its xylitol based, which inhibits the growth of bacteria. This anti microbial property can help minimize the risk of your child getting sick this winter.

Typically, disinfecting spray made specifically for mouthguards comes in small convenient travel sized containers. They are leak proof and meant to be kept in hockey bags. They are easy to use and affordable. Simply spray your mouthguard and case after each use and throw back in the hockey bag.   It will make for a healthier hockey season!