How To Fit A Mouthguard
Wearing a mouthguard is an essential piece of sports equipment to protect your teeth prevent injuries while playing physical sports like football hockey boxing or martial arts. A mouthguard is a protective device typically made of rubber or plastic that fits over your teeth gums lips.
If it is your first time fitting a mouthguard here are some steps to follow:
Step One: Choose the Right Mouthguard
The first step in fitting a mouthguard is to choose the right size type. There are three types of mouthguards: pre-made boil bite custom-fit. Pre-made mouthguards are available in sporting goods stores are the least expensive option but they may not fit your mouth correctly. Boil bite mouthguards are the most common can be molded to fit your mouth by heating them in hot water then biting down to create an imprint. Custom-fit mouthguards are the most expensive option but provide the best fit because they are made specifically for your mouth by a dentist.
Step Two: Prepare the Mouthguard
Before you start the fitting process ensure that the mouthguard is clean free of dust or debris. If you’re using a boil bite mouthguard follow the manufacturer’s instructions place the mouthguard in boiling water to heat it.
Step Three: Fit the Mouthguard
Place the mouthguard in your mouth align it with your upper teeth. Bite down gently but firmly to create an imprint of your teeth. Hold the mouthguard in place for 30 seconds then remove it from your mouth.
If the mouthguard is too long or doesn’t fit correctly use sharp scissors to trim it to the right size starting from the back cutting off small sections.
Step Four: Test the Fit
After trimming the mouthguard put the mouthguard back in your mouth to check the fit. The mouthguard should feel comfortable fit securely over your teeth gums lips. It should not move or slip when you open your mouth or talk.
Step Five: Clean Store the Mouthguard
After each use rinse the mouthguard with water brush it with a toothbrush toothpaste. Do not use hot water as it may warp the mouthguard. Allow the mouthguard to air dry store it in a protective case to avoid damage to keep it clean.
In conclusion fitting a mouthguard is simple straightforward given you know how to do it correctly. A properly fitted mouthguard will offer good protection for your teeth gums while playing sports. Follow these steps your mouthguard will fit like a charm you’ll be able to play with confidence knowing your teeth are well protected.
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