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Tips for Caring for Your Snore Appliance

Sleep disorders are common among Canadians, which includes obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). If you discover you have OSA, you may use a sleep apnea mouthguard (often called a snore guard). These devices bring your jaw or tongue forward, opening your airways. Many people choose snore devices over other sleep apnea treatments since they're small, portable, easy to use, and quiet.

But an apnea guard comes with some maintenance. Knowing how to care for your snore guard will ensure the device lasts for years. Here are some tips to clean your snore appliance in Calgary and how to fit this maintenance into your daily routine.

Snore Appliance Cleaning and Brushing

After you brush your teeth, We recommend using a denture cleaner to clean your snoring appliance. Your toothbrush should either have soft or very soft bristles. If your toothbrush is firmer, buy a separate toothbrush for your snore guard.

Use a Denture Cleaner

Many people use toothpaste to clean their snore guard. However, some types of toothpaste can be too abrasive and damage the material. Liquid dish soap is gentler and still cleans the bacteria off your snore guard.

You should also avoid cleaning your snore guard with denture cleaner, mouthwash, and alcohol. These cleaners are harsh and can destroy the material.

Rinse Your Snore Device

After you wake up, immediately rinse your snore guard. Rinsing your snore appliance will remove any plaque or other debris caught on your snore device throughout the night. For safe measures, it's also best to rinse and dry your snore device before bed.

Always rinse your snore device in lukewarm water before using it. Never place your snore guard in boiling water; water that's too hot can ruin the material.

Store It Safely

You should keep your snore guard in a dry and clean area. Most snore devices include a case, which is where you should store it. If you don't have a case, keep it in a clean cup or container. This is important to prevent bacterial growth. You should also keep your snore guard out of the reach of others, specifically children and pets. Your pet is the number one reason you will need to replace your appliance it is best to keep it in a safe place.

When to Call the Dentist

While snore guards are very effective, you may run into problems down the road. If your snore device loosens, tightens, or causes discomfort, make an appointment with your dentist.

Caring for Your Snore Appliance in Calgary Is Easy

Maintaining your snore appliance in Calgary is easier than you think. Brush your snore guard daily, using a denture cleaner to clean it instead of toothpaste. Store it in its case or another clean container, and always know when you should call the dentist.

If you're looking for a new dentist in southwest Calgary, look no further than Bite Dental. We always accept new patients. In addition to dental checkups, we offer crowns, veneers, and other services in cosmetic and restorative dentistry. Contact us today to schedule your appointment.


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