How to clean a snoring mouthpiece
Something happens in your mouth at night while you sleep. The natural bacteria multiply at a faster rate than during the day because, at night, the level of saliva in your mouth decreases. Less saliva means less moisture washing away bacteria; a more ideal environment for the bacteria to grow. This is why you brush your teeth before bed and first thing in the morning, to lessen the bacterial levels, but they’re still there, and anything you keep in your mouth overnight, like an anti-snoring mouthpiece is exposed.
While brushing your teeth regularly is a great first step in maintaining a fresh stop snoring mouthpiece, it’s important to clean the device itself regularly.
What happens if I don’t clean my mouthpiece?
The stop snoring mouthpiece you use is susceptible to the bacteria in your mouth, regardless of how much is in there. The fact is, your mouth is a warm and moist environment — bacteria will grow. Exposure without regular cleaning can lead to mouthpiece damage such as staining unpleasant odors, and even a decrease in the integrity of the device.
How often should I clean a stop snoring mouthpiece?
An anti-snoring mouthpiece should be cleaned after every use. One option is to use a cleaning solution designed specifically for mouthpieces like ZQuiet Clean. With a cleaning solution specific to these devices, you can be sure your mouthpiece is getting washed and sanitized with each cleaning, and it only takes about a minute each morning to keep your mouthpiece hygienic.
Keep it clean throughout the day as well by storing the device in its case. Leaving it on the counter or wadded up in a tissue increases the risk of it accidentally being thrown away. In its case, a stop snoring mouthpiece not only stays sanitary until you use it next, but it helps ensure the device maintains its shape and protects it from damage.
If you’re interested in keeping your stop snoring mouthpiece clean with a home remedy, rather than purchasing a specifically-formulated solution, there are a variety of options For daily cleaning, go with an old standby and use a toothbrush and toothpaste. Treat the device like your teeth and simply brush it gently and then rinse with water. Alternatively, you can use a mild hand or dish soap and scrub it with a toothbrush following the same method above.
What shouldn’t I do to keep my mouthpiece clean?
How to properly clean and care for your stop snoring mouthpiece is equally as important as knowing what not to do. Using the wrong cleaning materials or improperly storing your device can lessen the lifespan of the mouthpiece, causing you to spend more in anti-snoring devices than is necessary.
- Make sure to stay away from harsh chemicals or abrasive cleaners. This includes wipes or towelettes. Not only can they all damage the mouthpiece material, but they can also harm your teeth and gums.
- Don’t use hot water or extreme heat on your mouthpiece unless you’re at the boil and bite stage of customization (the step you take with some devices before your first night wearing it.) Heat can deform or warp the device the second time around.
- Avoid leaving your mouthpiece wet or submerged all day as well since this can speed up bacterial growth on the device leading to staining and odor issues.
Following good, frequent cleaning practices for your stop snoring mouthpiece helps maintain the quality and usability of the device, allowing it to do its job and kick snoring out of bed.
Still have more questions about stop snoring mouthpieces? Our thorough list of Frequently Asked Questions can help you find the information you need to make an informed choice on which stop-snoring mouthpiece is right for you.