Cleaning Your Appliance
After you remove your oral appliance in the morning, rinse and clean it. Rinse your appliance with cool or warm water. Never put your oral appliance in boiling water. Use a brush and hand soap to clean your appliance. The soap can be antibacterial soap or not, and it can be either a soft soap or you can use the brush to get soap from a bar.
Use the brush your sleep dentist supplied to clean your appliance, and if you don’t have one, a soft-bristled toothbrush works, too. It can be an old toothbrush whose bristles are too bent to effectively clean your teeth. However, some people find a denture-cleaning brush works better. The bristles are a different shape, and you might find this makes it easier to clean your appliance.
Don’t use toothpaste to clean your appliance. Toothpaste includes abrasive particles that will scratch the appliance. Scratches will make your appliance look dull, and they can shelter oral bacteria, which can cause your appliance to develop an unpleasant odor and taste. The scratches can even change the fit of your appliance.
After cleaning, rinse your appliance one last time, then put it in a container with air holes to ensure it dries fully.