Fitting Instructions for a TapouT Mouthguard

By Andrew Deitrick

When playing contact or extreme sports, having the right protection is essential. Wearing a mouth guard can help prevent serious injury, including concussions and mouth and jaw injuries. For the best protection, pay special attention to make sure the mouth guard fits properly. TapouT Mouthguards are made of an advanced composite that allows them to be molded several times to ensure an exact and safe fit, according to the company.

Fill cooking pot with three to four inches of water. Heat the water to boiling.

Dip the small end of the TapouT Mouthguard strap into the boiling water for one second. Press strap through the front of the mouth guard until it clicks.

Boil the mouth guard for the appropriate time by holding it by its strap while it is in the boiling water. A TapouT Mouthguard for adults should be boiled for 55 seconds unless it is to be worn by someone fitted with braces. In this case, boil it for 30 seconds. Boil a youth Mouthguard for 35 seconds; 30 seconds if the person wears braces.

Remove the TapouT Mouthguard from the boiling water at the end of the specified time. Place the mouth guard on the towel, allowing it to soak up excess hot water. Place mouth guard in a glass of cold water for one second.

Pull back the internal walls of the TapouT Mouthguard so that you do not bite down on them. These walls are on the inside of the mouth guard's horse-shoe shape. Put the mouth guard in your mouth and press it firmly upwards into top teeth, which should be inside the mouth guard's channeled walls. Bite down firmly.

Remove the TapouT Mouthguard from your mouth. Place mouth guard in cold water for one minute to set the mold.

Determine if the mouth guard fits properly by putting it back in your mouth. A properly fitting TapouT Mouthguard should stick firmly to the upper teeth when your mouth is open. Talking should be somewhat easy.

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