May 14, 2019 2 min read 1 Comment
Comfort can be a primary concern for some athletes who wear mouthguards as part of their sport, and this is particularly true for those who deal with gag reflex issues. A sports mouthguard is far less effective if it’s triggering a gag reflex on a regular basis, as it is likely to go unworn. A solution must be found.
At Damage Control Mouthguards, we offer an array ofcustom mouthguard options that are suitable for people with sensitive gag reflexes. What causes mouthguards to trigger the gag reflex? What type of mouthguard should you be considering if this is a regular issue for you? Let’s explore those questions!
Many mistakenly believe that allsport mouthguards must completely cover all upper teeth all the way to the back. This isn’t actually the case – and this myth is often the cause of issues with the gag reflex. Generally speaking, there are two primary reasons mouthguards cause your gag reflex to trigger:
In many situations, gag reflex issues take place in boil-and-bite mouthguards. These mouthguards, while often excellent and affordable options for many, are designed to be “molded” using boiling water and some basic chewing – but they simply can never fit as well as a true custom mouthguard. For many people, especially those with unique mouth shapes, the soft palate may be contacted or the material may be too thick, triggering gag reflex.
With a custom mouthguard, this is no longer a concern. Custom options allow for trimming that will prevent any triggering of the gag reflex, all while providing you with high-quality protection for the entire mouth.
For more on correcting gag reflex mouthguard issues, or to learn about any of our basketball, boxing, football or wrestling mouthguard options,contact us atDamage Control Mouthguards today.
May 19, 2023
I’m looking for a mouth guard to wear at night to stop myself from grinding. I’ve got a terrible gag reflex and any mouth guard I’ve tried in the past I can’t stand. I’ve also got a really small mouth – which of your products could be helpful and what would I do if I tried it and it didn’t work for me?