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Junior high, senior high athletes to get custom mouth guards

Mouth Guard Day, an annual pro bono community service of the Dental School's department of prosthodontics at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio (UTHSC)

9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Aug. 2

Fourth floor of dental clinic, Dental School building, UTHSC, 7703 Floyd Curl Drive in the South Texas Medical Center

Garrett E. Hartman, D.D.S., M.S., assistant professor of prosthodontics, is one of the faculty members heading Saturday's program. About 250 junior and senior high school athletes are expected to visit the Dental School to be fitted with custom-made mouth guards. This service is provided by about 50 faculty, staff, students and residents of the Dental School.

A custom mouth guard for a student-athlete could cost as much as $130. This is a community service to the athletes and school districts and will decrease the risk of tooth and jaw trauma for the athletes. This year, the dentists will offer a new type of mouth guard — a dual-arch appliance that also protects the temporomandibular (TM) joint, reducing the risk of trauma to the upper and lower jaws and the TM joint. Mouth Guard Day is an academic elective for sophomore and junior dental students who wish to gain proficiency in making dental impressions for a mouth guard.

Contact: Will Sansom