How to Boil & Bite a Mouth Guard

By Brennan Mcmahon

Using a mouth guard for any contact sport is the best way to keep your teeth inside your mouth. Custom fitting one to your mouth is easy, and only requires basic household items. Expect this process to take less than 5 minutes.

Fill the pot half full of water. Place the pot on the stove.

Turn the stove on medium to medium high, depending on your particular stove's settings. Allow the water to begin boiling.

Carefully drop the blank mouth guard in the water. Allow it to sit for 30 seconds.

Use the tongs to pull the still warm mouth guard from the water. Now touch it--if it is too hot, allow a moment for it to cool down a little.

Place the mouth guard in your mouth and clench your teeth. Hold this for 30 seconds to allow the warm rubber to mold itself around your teeth.

Take the mouth guard out and run cold water over it from the sink. Once has solidified again, place it back in your mouth to see if it fits properly.

Dump the water from the pot and turn off the stove if the now custom fitted mouth guard fits well. If not, repeat Steps 1 through 6 again to allow for a re-fit.

About the Author

Brennan McMahon was born and raised in Rowlett, TX (an eastern suburb 30 minutes from Dallas.) He graduated from the University of Texas at Dallas in 2003 with a Bachelor's degree in literary studies, has worked on several TV shows and movies such as Prison Break and Walking Tall 2 & 3, and is an independent screenwriter and freelance writer/columnist now living in Dallas.

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