How Do You Keep Your Oral Appliance Clean?

Bacteria have no effect on the materials of your oral appliance, but they can gather on its surfaces and raise the risk of infecting your natural teeth and gums. To significantly lower that risk, you should make it a habit to clean your oral appliance every day. So…what should you use to clean it?


How To Clean Your Oral Appliance: The DON’Ts

If you’re thinking of boiling your oral appliance to kill bacteria, DON’T; this can actually soften and warp the shape of your oral appliance and make it feel uncomfortable to wear. Likewise, though bleach also destroys bacteria, it should never be used to clean your oral appliance. 

If you’re using a toothbrush to help clean your oral appliance, DON’T use toothpaste. Most possess an abrasive, plaque-removing ingredient that can scratch your appliance. 

Ultrasonic (US) or ultraviolet (UV) cleaners should not be used.  These devices can cause embrittlement of the oral appliance acrylics.

Now that we’ve addressed the “don’ts” associated with cleaning your oral appliance – what SHOULD you use?

Cleaning Your Oral Appliance With SomTabs

Exclusively from SomnoMed®, SomTabs® Oral Device Cleaning Tablets help keep SomnoDent devices, dentures, mouthguards, and most other oral appliance products in pristine condition. Helping to clean hard-to-reach areas of your device, they safely and effectively eliminate bacteria and odors.

How To Use SomTabs

Step 1: Dissolving One Tablet
Dissolve a SomTabs tablet in sufficient amounts of warm water to cover the oral appliance in the travel case (the water should be approximately 35 degrees Celsius/95 degrees Fahrenheit). 

WARNING: Never use hot water (>45 degrees Celsius or >113 degrees Farenheit), as hot water damages your device and will invalidate the warranty. 

Step 2: Remove Strap For SomnoDent Avant – Start On The Right Hinge
If you have a SomnoDent Avant, remove the strap first. Rotate the strap up until it’s upright. Pull the right strap hole off the right hinge. Repeat these steps for the left hinge.

Step 3: Slide The Strap
Slide the SomnoDent Avant strap around until the strap clip is at the white end of the strap. Pull the strap out of the strap clip.

Step 4: Place Device In A Fully Dissolved Solution
Carefully place your SomnoDent device in the travel case. All parts must be completely immersed in the cleaning solution.

Step 5: Wait For 15 Minutes
Wait for 15 minutes as SomTabs cleans your device.

Step 6: Rinse Strap
Meanwhile, as you wait for the cleaning process, if you have a SomnoDent Avant, rinse the strap under cool, running water.

Step 7: Wipe Strap
Wipe the strap thoroughly dry and place it aside.

Step 8: Brush Device
After 15 minutes, remove the device from the travel case. Discard the SomTabs solution. Rinse and dry the travel case. Brush the device in running water to clean any hard-to-reach areas.

WARNING: Do not use toothpaste, as it contains abrasives that may damage the device over time.

Step 9: Dry Device
Dry the device carefully, using a clean towel.

Step 10: SomnoDent Flex, Edentulous, Classic or Herbst Advance
If you have a SomnoDent Flex, Edentulous, Classic, or Herbst Advance device, clean the metal components with the small brush provided in the bottom of your travel case.

Step 11: Fitting strap back for SomnoDent Avant
For SomnoDent Avant, fit the strap back by holding the upper plate and press at the white end of the strap into the strap clip. Slide the strap around until the center is inside the strap clip.

Step 12: Fitting The Strap On The Hinge
Hold strap until it is upright. Press the right strap hole over the right hinge on the lower splint. Keep the strap upright and repeat for the left hinge.

Step 13: Storage
When not in use, the device should be stored as per your SomnoMed device instructions for use.

Important reminders about your patient’s device and SomTabs
• Keep oral device out of direct sunlight

• Do not use toothpaste to clean the device as it contains abrasives, and may damage the device.

• Do not put SomTabs tablets in the mouth.

• Do not swallow the cleaning solution or use it as a mouth rinse.

• Do not use hot water to clean device as it will damage the device.

Keep tablets out of reach of children, domestic animals and those at risk of accidentally swallowing the tablet or solution. If swallowed seek immediate medical advice.

Not recommended for users with known hyper-sensitivity to Persulfates.

Sodium Bicarbonate, Potassium Caroate, Citric Acid, Sodium Citrate, Sorbitol, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Sodium Percarbonate, CI 73015.

SomTabs are available in a 3-month supply of 96 cleaning tablets per box, and are exclusively available from SomnoMed®. Get yours here: 


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