Taking care of your snoring mouthpiece matters
Like any other medical appliance, mouth devices are built to stand a lot of wear and tear, but if you do not maintain them correctly, you run the risk of breaking your device well before it is due for replacement.
Since it is going into your mouth, it is crucial to recognize: the mouth itself is one significant entrance that can let in bacteria, yeasts, viruses, mold and all sorts of undesired microorganisms. These can cause infections, trigger allergies or just make you ill, as well as set your mouth in danger of tooth and gum disease.
Brush, floss and rinse to clean your mouth completely before embedding your device. Don’t forget to focus on wiping your tongue, gum line, arch bridges and the space below your tongue. Careful oral hygiene helps prevent other problems with teeth and gums while using your appliance.
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It is critical to know the proper way to clean your device as each varies greatly in the way it is composed and in the types of construction materials involved. General cleaning directions may not apply for yours.
The information below is general to most of these devices but does not override any particular instructions that either your doctor, dentist or manufacturer may have given you. When in doubt, ask them first.
Cleaning tips for snoring mouthpiece
- Do not use toothpaste. Toothpaste is caustic and can scratch the surface of your device, leaving space for microorganisms to accumulate which can lead to unpleasant odors, discoloration or stains, and even possible oral hygiene issues.
- Avoid using boiling water or even very hot water to clean your device since it can be damaging. Most of these appliances are manufactured with different varieties of plastics; high heat can deform their shape. A misshaped snoring mouthpiece or oral device will be uncomfortable, possibly ending up in damage to your gums.
- Do not bleach your device. Bleach can break down the materials within your snoring mouthpiece or oral device. It can also leave the unattractive smell and taste of bleach.
- Clean it with warm water and liquid dish soap solution. Antibacterial ones are particularly useful. Just froth with a bit of soap on a soft brush and thoroughly rinse. You can also use denture cleaners, but these are more expensive and not significantly better.
- Invest in a unique soft brush just for your device. We do not recommend for you to brush your teeth with the same brush with liquid dish detergent in its fibers after cleaning your snoring mouthpiece or oral appliance. It could be a low-cost toothbrush, a nailbrush or a denture cleaning brush. All of these are cheap and will work just fine.
- Prevent damage. You can set a washcloth or rag in the sink as a pillow if you are worried that your appliance might break,
- Consider getting an ultrasonic cleaner to clean your device. These are small devices that use vibration to clean even the minor areas of your device.
- Use the manufacturer’s cleaning products. These were already tested and tried for your particular device.
- Protect your investment. Be aware that using unapproved cleaners on your appliance may invalidate the warranty.