KCC Dental Hygiene Program offering free Mouth Guard Clinic June 21

A Dental Hygiene student holds up a mouth guard in the Dental Hygiene Clinic on KCC's North Avenue campus in Battle Creek.

A mouth guard.The future dental hygienists of Kellogg Community College’s Dental Hygiene Program are holding a free Mouth Guard Clinic for community members this month in the Dental Hygiene Clinic on campus in Battle Creek.

The Mouth Guard Clinic will be held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, June 21, on campus at 450 North Ave. Community members interested in being fitted for and receiving a free mouth guard and case can RSVP with a preferred appointment time and contact number to KCC Dental Hygiene professor Stacey Schramm at schramms@kellogg.edu.

Each appointment will take approximately 15 minutes in the chair and involve having an impression taken of the top teeth.

KCC Dental Hygiene Director Bridget Korpela said the event allows the College’s second-year Dental Hygiene students an opportunity to serve their community while providing them with valuable clinical experience at the same time.

“This is the perfect opportunity for athletes in particular to get a custom-fitted mouth protector, which maximizes protection of the teeth, comfort for the athlete, and could even help prevent a concussion,” Korpela said. “Research from the Academy of General Dentistry suggests parents who want to reduce their child’s risk of a sports-related concussion should visit a dentist for a custom-made mouth guard instead of buying one from a sporting goods store.”

While the Mouth Guard Clinic is free, a $5 donation to cover the cost of materials is encouraged.

KCC’s Dental Hygiene students provide dental services by appointment to the public at reduced rates year-round at the College’s Dental Hygiene Clinic, including cleanings, teeth whitening, sealants, X-rays and more.

For more information about KCC’s Dental Hygiene Program, visit www.kellogg.edu/dentalhygiene. For information about KCC’s Dental Hygiene Clinic, visit www.kellogg.edu/dental-clinic.

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