Last updated October 11, 2022
In addition to orthodontic mouthpieces, there are mouthpieces to prevent teeth grinding, snoring, and damage to teeth caused by sports, as well as for whitening.
This issue is for users of various mouthpieces,We will explain how to take care of it and recommend cleaning products!
- It is important to take good care of your mouthpiece.
- Recommendations for mouthpiece care
- Basic Care
- Care to be added to the basic care
- Use cleaning agents
- Wash with ultrasonic cleaner
It is important to take good care of your mouthpiece.
Mouthpieces are available in the following types
- Orthodontic Mouthpiece
- Mouthpiece to align teeth
- Mouthpiece for whitening
- Mouthpiece for teeth whitening
- night guard
- Mouthpiece to prevent teeth grinding and clenching while sleeping
- Mouthpiece to protect teeth from impact and clenching during sports
- sleep sprint
- Mouthpieces to reduce snoring and sleep apnea
Both mouthpieces are made of rubber or resin (plastic), materials that tend to stain or staining substances on the teeth while worn.
Also,Each time the mouthpiece is worn, the same bacteria that stain the teeth are deposited on it.
After removing the mouthpiece, it must always be cleaned to remove any bacteria that may have adhered to it while wearing it and keep it clean.
Mouthpieces left with bacteria can cause tooth decay, gum disease, and bad breath.
Ensure that the mouthpiece is well cared for, as mold can sometimes grow on a filthy mouthpiece.
Recommendations for mouthpiece care
The mouthpiece is,Basically wash with tap water after removing it.It is.
Care,Every day that the mouthpiece is worn is done.
Since washing with tap water alone may not adequately remove stains and odors, a toothbrush, cleaning agent, and ultrasonic cleaner can be used together to further keep the mouthpiece clean.
Once the mouthpiece is removed,Gently rub the area with the belly of your finger, then rinse off any saliva, etc. that has adhered to the area with tap water.
For small areas such as uneven surfaces where fingers cannot reach, clean them by gently scrubbing with a soft-bristled toothbrush.
Gentle scrubbing with a toothbrush can prevent roughness on the surface of the mouthpiece.
After the mouthpiece is washed, it is stored in a special case.
Whether to dry or wet a washed mouthpiece depends on the type and material. Check with your dentist's office.
Cautions for washing mouthpieces with tap water
There are two things to keep in mind when washing the mouthpiece with tap water.
- Use of toothpaste is not acceptable.
- Washing with boiling water is not an option.
Some people want to use toothpaste to wash the mouthpiece, but basically, you should not use toothpaste to wash the mouthpiece.
Toothpaste may contain abrasives that can damage the surface of the mouthpiece.
When abrasives cause fine scratches on the mouthpiece, the surface becomes rough and stains and odors are more easily removed.
If you want to use something,Use dish detergent or a mouthpiece cleaner.
Also, mouthpieces are not to be washed in boiling water, as they are easily deformed by heat.
Use tap water with a temperature of up to lukewarm.
Care to be added to the basic care
If you only clean the mouthpiece with tap water, you may notice stains left on the details, stickiness and odor on the surface of the mouthpiece.
To keep the mouthpiece clean longer,Use of cleaning agents and ultrasonic cleaners is recommended in addition to basic careIt is.
Use cleaning agents
By using cleaning agents, such as proteolytic enzymes and bleach,It can remove odors and stains from the mouthpiece.
The frequency of cleaning with the cleaning agent can be changed according to your preference, such as using it only when you are concerned about odor or stains, or deciding to use it once a week.
There are various types of cleaning agents, including those that are dissolved in water and left to soak, and those that are sprayed onto the mouthpiece and brushed with a foamy cleaning agent.
It is very convenient because you can choose the one you are comfortable with.
Cautions for washing with detergent
Cleaning agents are available for mouthpieces and dentures.
Because cleaning agents for dentures can cause deformation and alteration of the mouthpiece,Be sure to use a mouthpiece cleaner.
Also, carefully follow the precautions for use, which vary from product to product, such as soaking time and the temperature of the water in which the cleaning agent is dissolved.
Mouthpiece cleaners recommended by 365dentistis here!
Recommended mouthpiece cleaner (1) Retainer Shine
- Protein-degrading enzymes and bleaching ingredientsPrevents mouthpiece staining and coloration
- Granule type dissolves quickly in water, making it easy to use
- Simply soak and clean in about 30 minutes.
Recommended mouthpiece cleaner: 1) Polident Fresh Cleanse
- Easy to use as it comes out in foam.
- Mint formula gives a refreshing feeling when wearing the mouthpiece
- 99.9% sterilization by brushing for 60-90 seconds
- Non-abrasive so mouthpiece is not easily scratched
Wash with ultrasonic cleaner
Ultrasonic cleaners are recommended for stains that accumulate on uneven areas of the teeth that are difficult to reach with fingers or toothbrushes.
The fine vibrations can remove stains in finer areas than scrubbing with a toothbrush.
When you think of ultrasonic cleaners, you may think of large ones,Compact and easy to useThere are also
Mouthpiece recommended ultrasonic cleaner 1) Polident Dental Lab ultrasonic cleaner
- Compact enough to fit a mouthpiece just right, so it is easy to place on a vanity
- The part that holds the mouthpiece can be removed and washed,Easy to clean washers
Mouthpiece recommended ultrasonic cleaner 1) Ultrasonic cleaner Ultra Sonic Cleaner PR-43000WT
- Relatively compact, just large enough to fit one pair of glasses
- Easy to use with one-button operation
- Relatively quiet ultrasonic sound
Keep your mouthpiece clean with recommended care
Since the mouthpiece is placed in the mouth, it gets dirty with saliva and bacteria after use.
In addition to washing with tap water, make an effort to use cleaning agents and ultrasonic cleaners to clean them.
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365dentist General Supervisor Dentist/Yukiko Katsuya
Graduated from Nagasaki University School of Dentistry, ~2018 Kyushu Medical Center, 2018-present Working at a dental clinic in Tokyo
After completing clinical training, worked in cosmetic dentistry in Tokyo. Currently a dentist and dental writer.