How to Make an Oral Snoring Mouthpiece White Again
If you’re a snorer, a mouthpiece is an important part of the battle against your nighttime honks. Such a device keeps your lower jaw pushed slightly forward to open up your airway and make it easier to breathe than it otherwise would be. Unfortunately, after painfully squeezing your snoring mouthpiece into your mouth all night, and giving it your best effort to become a soundless sleeper, your snoring mouthpiece isn’t likely to last forever. One of the most common signs of a mouthpiece that’s ready for the dustbin is when it starts to look all yellowed.
This discoloration is caused by bacteria. Bacteria naturally builds up in the mouth, thanks to snacks, saliva, and other particles in the air. When bacteria and saliva come in contact with the snoring mouthpiece, the protective layer of its silicone-based material can be worn away like an eraser. As this layer of protection disappears, oils and debris from your mouth will settle on the surface of the mouthpiece, allowing bacteria to grow and yellowed up your device.
Fortunately, all isn’t lost and it is possible to restore your oral snoring mouthpiece to its original, gleaming white. Before restoring your snoring mouthpiece, the first step is to make sure it is completely dry and stored in a dry place when it is not in use. To ensure your snoring mouthpiece isn’t subject to moisture buildup, you can use a small cloth or tissue to wipe it down after each use.
When it’s time to clean your snoring mouthpiece, it’s important to use warm water and a non-abrasive, fragrance-free cleaner. Avoid using hot water because it can damage the material of the mouthpiece and should also be avoided when rinsing it. For heavy discoloration, you can also use a few drops of vinegar or baking soda dissolved in a cup of water.
Once you have mixed your cleaning solution, gently wash the snoring mouthpiece with a soft bristled toothbrush and the cleaning solution. It is important to use a gentle brushing motion because vigorous scrubbing can damage the surface of the mouthpiece. After each use, rinse the mouthpiece thoroughly in lukewarm water and be sure to get into the little crevices. To help keep the mouthpiece extra clean, use a dental pick to clean out any residual dirt or food particles.
When all of the particles and debris have been removed, you can soak the snoring mouthpiece in rubbing alcohol to help disinfect it. Use a bowl filled with enough rubbing alcohol to submerge the entire mouthpiece. The key is to make sure the mouthpiece is completely submerged so the alcohol kills all the bacteria on the surface. After about fifteen minutes of soaking, remove the mouthpiece, rinse it in clean water, and then dry it with a soft cloth.
When it comes to keeping your snoring mouthpiece looking as white as possible, it’s important to practice good hygiene. Make sure you brush your teeth and the mouthpiece thoroughly before storing them away. And most importantly, never share your mouthpiece with anyone as this can spread germs and bacteria.
By following these easy steps, you can keep your snoring mouthpiece looking its best and ensure that it lasts for many years to come.