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How to Make a Homemade Mouth Guard

by Justin Mark
Make a Homemade Mouth Guard

Make a Homemade Mouth Guard

Mouthguards prevent injuries to the mouth and damage to the teeth in full contact sports like boxing and wrestling. The mouthguard should fit snuggly in the teeth for the mouthguard to fully protect the mouth. This is the reason why mouthguards should be custom-made to perfectly fit in to the teeth. There are many mouthguard products that can be molded to fit perfectly without the need to go to a dentist.

Fill a bowl with cold water. Set it aside for later use.

Boil water in the pot on the stove. The water level should be high enough to completely submerge the moldable mouthguard.

Remove the pot from the stove and turn the stove off.

Place the moldable mouthguard in the boiled water in the pot using the tongs. Make sure that the mouthguard is facing down and is completely submerged in the boiled water.

Remove the mouthguard from the boiled water using the tongs after 20 seconds. Dip the mouth guard in the prepared bowl of cold water for 3 seconds.

Place the mouthguard in your mouth. Lightly close your mouth so that your teeth will come into contact with the mouthguard. Do not bite the mouthguard.

Suck on the mouthguard for one minute to let the mouthguard properly mold around your teeth. (Do not suck on the mouthguard if you have orthodontic braces, instead simply hold the guard in your mouth.)

Leave the mouthguard in your mouth for another 2 minutes.

Remove the mouthguard from your mouth and place the mouthguard in the bowl of cold water. Remove the mouthguard from the bowl of cold water after 5 minutes.

Items you will need

  • Water
  • Bowl
  • Pot
  • Stove
  • Moldable mouthguard
  • Tongs

About the Author

Justin Mark started writing professionally in 2004. He worked as a writer for his town’s newspaper, "The Valley Reporter." His writing focuses on articles about automobiles, building, lawnmowers and technology. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from the University of California, Los Angeles.

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