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UNC Dental Students begin "Guard Your Smile"
Athletes do not wear mouthguards unless they fit. UNC dental students decided to break the cycle. They contacted Jordan High School of Durham to volunteer their expertise. Athletes left with custom mouthguards and Guard Your Smile was a success.
Katz and Christensen contacted a local high school, Jordan High School, and asked if students would be interested in obtaining custom made guards.
The UNC duo arranged to use the office of Dr. John Christensen. Christensen, a pediatric dentist and orthodontist, opened the office after hours so the dental students could meet with the high school athletes. The dental students contacted Patterson Dental and Dentsply Raintree Essix for donated products necessary to construct the mouthguards. The dental students also received funding from the Dental Foundation of the University of North Carolina School of Dentistry.
"The best mouthguard is one that is worn", Rob Christensen said at the conclusion of the night.