Ann Arbor, Mich., June, 29, 2016 -- Athletes who will participate in sports this fall and winter can have a free, customized mouth guard made for them during the University of Michigan School of Dentistry’s annual Mouth Guard Clinic on Saturday, July 16, from 8 a.m. to noon.
Athletes ages 5 and older, including those who wear braces, are invited to be fitted for a mouth guard, which helps protect their teeth and mouth from injuries due to sports contact.
Dental and dental hygiene students, supervised by clinical faculty members, will make mouth guards for the first 120 athletes who register. Registration begins at 8 a.m at the School of Dentistry. After completing a brief medical history and consent form (a parent or guardian children must sign for children under 18 years old), the athlete is assigned a number and called in numerical order. Depending on the number of participants, the wait time may be up to 30 minutes. Once called, it will take about two hours to make, fit and have the mouth guard checked. Athletes may choose the color of their mouthpiece.
A customized mouth guard is an important piece of equipment for athletes of all ages, said Dr. Kenneth May, associate professor of dentistry. “Custom mouth guards made by our dental and dental hygiene students are comfortable to wear and more likely to be used than one purchased at a store,” he said. A properly fitted mouth guard helps to protect teeth and to minimize injuries to the mouth as a result of a fall or other contact to the head or body, May said.
The School of Dentistry is located on the Central Campus at 1011 N. University Avenue. Free parking for the clinic will be available at the adjacent Fletcher Street parking facility. To avoid paying a fee for parking, take the “up” ramp and park on the plaza level.