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    Roy’s new PCP is taking the time to read his clinical history and noted that Roy uses a CPAP machine at night. He asked Roy and his wife about how frequently they clean the machine…more on that later.

    In the meantime, this got me curious. How many CPAP users are instructed as to the proper method to clean the machine every night? Here’s a blurb on this subject:

    Cleanliness is very important for patients using CPAP or Oral Appliances. With CPAP scrupulous cleaning on a nightly basis prevents formation of biofilms that can be carried into the lungs, bronchi, and sinus cavities. Patients who have problems with daily cleaning can have several sets of CPAP masks and hoses. Oral appliances require that the patient be scrupulous not only in cleaning their appliances but also in brushing and flossing their teeth before bed.

    The appliance does not allow the normal flow of saliva to self-cleanse the teeth and bacteria and plaque will accumulate rapidly if normal brushing and flossing are not done. This extra attention to oral health may save patients from numerous problems with decay and gum disease. The effect on overall health of periodontal disease is similar in magnitude to the problems of sleep apnea. Patients with periodontal disease show a six fold increased risk of heart attacks and strokes as well as increases in diabetes, lung infections and numerous other problems. All Patients using CPAP, Appliances or nothing should follow a similar routine, but it is most important for patients with appliances.

    Source: Sleep Apnea Dental Appliances | Snoring Device

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