Hygiene Tips For Your Anti Snoring Mouthpieces
Snoring mouthpieces are subject to daily wear and tear and will eventually need to be replaced. Depending on the device that you use, most anti snoring mouthpieces last anywhere from six to nine months, although those who grind or clench their teeth may significantly reduce the device’s lifespan and will need to be replaced sooner. With proper care, SnoreRx is designed to last between eight to twelve months.
These mouthpieces are designed to sit on your teeth during the night. If your teeth are not cleaned, your device will not be either which can cause bacterial buildup. Make cleaning your device and teeth a nightly routine to promote a healthy smile and improve the lifespan of the device.
Why is Hygiene important?
The mouth is a warm and moist environment, and often promotes bacteria growth that may damage your device over time. If left untreated, bacteria can stain your mouthpiece and create unpleasant odors which may lead to bad breath.
It is important to take care of your snoring mouthpiece and maintain good oral hygiene, as the mouthpiece sits inside your mouth for a considerable amount of time. A clean and fresh-smelling mouthpiece is more pleasant to wear at night!
Ways to Clean Your Anti Snoring Mouthpiece.
A daily rinse is sometimes not enough to keep your mouthpiece clean. Here are a few ways that you can clean your device, regardless of what type of snoring mouthpiece that you use (we recommend you pick a snoring mouthpiece based on your snoring type):
- Baking Soda and Water (once a week) – Mix both ingredients together to create a paste and apply around the entire device. After letting it sit for three minutes, gently brush to clean hard to reach areas. Wash off the paste and cold water.
- Vinegar and Water (once a week) – Soak the device in a cup of white vinegar and water for five minutes. Use a toothbrush while the mouthpiece is still submerged and scrub thoroughly. Rinse the vinegar off with cold water.
- Toothbrush and Toothpaste (daily) – Care for the device as you would your teeth. Gently brush the device daily after use with a toothbrush and toothpaste. Rinse the device with water to get rid of any excess toothpaste.
- Denture Tablets (once a week)
Denture tablets generally come with their own written instructions based on the product brand. We would recommend that you follow the instructions provided with each denture tablet.
- Store in a Cool Dry space (daily) – We would recommend keeping the mouthpiece safe in its case away from any pets or damp areas after thoroughly cleaning the device.
How Not to clean your device
Some methods that are thought to clean your device may cause considerable damage. We would recommend to not use the following:
- Do not use bleach, alcohol, or other harsh chemicals – Abrasive cleaners such as bleach and ammonia are soaked into the mouthpiece and difficult to remove. When these chemicals sit in your mouth for extended periods of time throughout the night, it can damage your teeth and gums. Some may dry out the soft material and reduce its lifespan.
- Do not use boiled water or extreme heat – Boiled water sanitizes bacteria, but it may deform or warp the soft material. Hot and boiled water should only be used on your device to create a custom impression of your teeth when you first receive it.
- Do not use wipes or towelettes – Many wipes available on the market use chemicals that can ruin your teeth.
- Do not leave the mouthpiece wet or submerged in water throughout the day – Your mouthpiece should be stored in a cool, dry place. Leaving your mouthpiece on tissue or napkin may cause you to throw it away by accident. SnoreRx comes with its own storage case and is designed to drain moisture.
What happens if I don’t regularly clean my mouthpiece?
If you do not clean your device as recommended, overtime your mouthpiece could start to collect bacteria, plaque, and tartar from your mouth.
Signs that your mouthpiece needs to be cleaned
- Developed a sour or bitter taste
- White spots (tarter)
- Residue on the device
- It has been over a week since it was last cleaned
Cleaning your mouthpiece on a daily basis will prevent the device from discoloration and foul smells. If you do not clean your mouthpiece often enough, plaque may form on the mouthpiece and will harden making it difficult to remove.
Regularly cleaning your mouthpiece is as important as brushing your teeth. Promoting good hygiene can promote a healthier smile and extend the lifespan of your device.