How to Clean Your Oral Appliance
Clean your appliance immediately after removing it in the morning. Rinse your appliance in cool or warm water. Never put your oral appliance in boiling water. This can warp or damage the appliance.
After rinsing, clean your appliance with hand soap and a soft-bristled brush. The soap can be antibacterial, but it doesn’t have to be. You can use soft soap or get soap from a bar.
You also have several good brush options. If your oral appliance comes with a brush, use that. If it didn’t or if you lost it, you can use a soft-bristled toothbrush. Many people recommend a denture cleaning brush because its bristles are a better shape for cleaning out the inside of the appliance.
Don’t use toothpaste to clean your appliance. Toothpaste has abrasive particles that are good for cleaning your hard tooth enamel but can scratch your oral appliance. These scratches will make your oral appliance look dull, catch food particles, and shelter oral bacteria, which can give your appliance an unpleasant odor and taste.
After cleaning, rinse your oral appliance thoroughly, then dry it in a container with air holes.