About Us

It’s easy to forget to clean your mouthpiece, and so many cases won't even stay shut. Mike Santoro realized it has to be easy to keep your mouthguard clean and secure. So, he created the self-sanitizing Grilla Box.

Grilla Box Founder Mike Santoro during a martial arts event.

Mike is a lifelong martial arts athlete. From wrestling to Brazillian Jiu Jitsu, he's used mouthguards since the second grade. He realized that we need to fight to keep our mouths healthy as hard as we fight on the mat.

When you use a mouthguard day in and day out, it’s going to get dirty. And let’s be honest, how often do you clean it?

Even with the best intentions, few people follow a regular cleaning process. A study from Tufts University reported more than half (55.7%) of athletes who use a mouthguard never clean it. While 1 in 100 (1%) reports always cleaning their mouthguard.

Frustrated with how much time it takes, and seeing how few people clean their mouthguard, Mike wanted a solution. A heightened focus on sanitization with the Covid-19 pandemic accelerated this search. Unfortunately, there were limited solutions. Most often, a plastic container (that pops open too easily), or a resealable bag is the furthest people go.

Working with engineers, Mike realized he could create a simple solution. By adding built-in sanitization to your mouthguard case, you can't forget it, or blow it off. In today's hyper-busy world for athletes of all ages, few have the time to commit to a mouthguard cleaning routine.

To simplify life for all athletes, and to avoid infections without any extra time, is an honor. We have such little time already, let's spend it how we want, and with the widest, brightest smile we can.

Grilla Box is here to make sure you can push your limits, stay healthy, compete with some swagger, and always, to have fun in this moment we get to live. Getting an infection is no fun, and hardly anyone cleans their mouthguard enough. With Grilla Box we make it easy for you to avoid infections and keep your smile shining bright.

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