May 29, 2024 3 min read

In part one of this two-part blog series, we went over some of the initial checks you should be performing when it comes to ensuring quality mouthguard fit for any activity you're participating in. Mouthguard fit is vital for everything from safety to comfort, and some basic approaches like tongue checks and full tooth coverage are important when selecting yours.

At Damage Control Mouthguards, we're here to offer a huge range of football mouthguards, MMA mouthguards and other custom mouthguard options for various sports and activities. We help numerous clients find the ideal fit for them, plus with understanding which factors tend to most heavily influence mouthguard fit. Here are some additional factors that play a big role in mouthguard fit, plus how to consider each of them.

Speaking Capability

One of the most important factors to consider for overall mouthguard fit is speaking and talking with the guard in place. If you can't communicate effectively, either because of poor molding or a guard that's too thick, this could significantly impact your performance and safety.

When you first try on your mouthguard, practice speaking and even yelling with it in place. Make sure you're able to clearly enunciate and that the guard doesn't hinder your ability to speak. If you have issues, consider getting a thinner mouthguard or having it adjusted for better speaking capabilities.

Breathing Capability

Another factor to consider is breathing capability. A properly fitted mouthguard should not restrict your airflow or make it difficult for you to breathe while wearing it. Make sure the guard fits snugly but not too tightly against your teeth and that you're able to breathe normally.

If you find yourself struggling to breathe while wearing your mouthguard, it's important to address this issue immediately. Talk to your dentist or mouthguard provider about adjusting the fit or finding a different mouthguard option that better accommodates your breathing.

Comfort Level

Above all, comfort is crucial when it comes to mouthguard fit. If your mouthguard is causing you pain or discomfort, this could be a sign that it's not fitting properly. Remember that while a securely fitted guard should stay in place during activity, it should also be comfortable and not cause any irritation or pain.

If you experience discomfort while wearing your mouthguard, don't ignore it. This could impact your performance and even lead to dental issues in the long run. Work with your dentist or mouthguard provider to adjust the fit or find a more comfortable option.

Keep in Mind Future Care

As you're considering mouthguard fit, it's also important to keep in mind how you'll be caring for your guard in the future. Some guards may require special cleaning or storage methods, so make sure you understand the care instructions for your specific mouthguard.

Additionally, if you anticipate any changes to your dental structure (such as getting braces), it's important to communicate this with your dentist or mouthguard provider. They may recommend a different type of guard or adjust your current one to accommodate future changes.

At Damage Control Mouthguards, we understand the importance of proper mouthguard fit and work with each client to find their ideal option. Don't hesitate to reach out for assistance in finding the perfect guard for your needs. Remember that a well-fitted mouthguard is an investment in both your performance and health. So take the time to ensure you have the best fit possible, and happy playing!

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