How to Clean Your Appliance
Again, check your instructions to understand whether there are specific guidelines for cleaning your appliance. However, for most appliances, you should rinse it first in cool or warm water.
Then, wash your appliance with hand soap using a soft-bristled brush. Some manufacturers supply a specific brush for cleaning the appliance, which you should use if you have it. A soft-bristled toothbrush works well if you do not get a specific cleaning brush. Sometimes, you might find that the smaller head of a child’s toothbrush works better to reach all the parts of your appliance.
In general, do not clean your appliance with:
- Hot or boiling water
- Cleaners not approved for your appliance
Toothpaste is too abrasive for your oral appliance. Your teeth are hard, but the appliance is soft, and toothpaste can scratch it. Scratches on your appliance can provide shelter for oral bacteria, leading to smells and discoloration. Bleach, mouthwash, and unapproved cleaners could react with your appliance, causing metal parts to rust and plastic parts to degrade. Hot or boiling water can lead to melting or warping of the appliance.
In addition, you should not attempt to sterilize your appliance by putting it in:
- The microwave
- The dishwasher
- Boiling water
These could melt or warp your appliance.