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Mouth guard clinic July 26
An athlete has an impression of his mouth made at the Dental School Clinic. (File photo by Jerry Mastey, School of Dentistry)

Free, customized mouth guards will be made for athletes of all ages 9 a.m.-noon July 26 at the School of Dentistry's annual mouth guard clinic. Dental and dental hygiene students will work with faculty to make the protective gear at the dental school, 1011 N. University Ave.

The mouth guards will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. An appointment is not necessary; however, because of the time needed to make the protective equipment, only 120 mouth guards will be made.

When they arrive at the clinic, athletes or their parents will fill out a medical history form and be assigned a number. They also will indicate what color of mouth guard they would like and if they want a strap attached to it.

Each athlete will spend about 15-20 minutes in a dental chair as student dentists take an impression.

Once the impressions have been taken, athletes or their parents will be able to pick up the finished products about two hours later. Before leaving, the athletes will try on the mouth guards in the presence of a student dentist or dental hygienist to ensure a proper fit. Any final adjustments will be made, if necessary, at that time.

The mouth guard program is in its 16th year and is funded by a grant from the late Samuel D. Harris, a 1924 graduate of the School of Dentistry. Faculty and students, as well as several local dentists, volunteer their time. Schools are invited to send their athletic trainers to receive instruction in the proper use of mouth guards.

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