A WINNING SMILE
Montgomery County Community College dental hygiene students are creating custom-fitted mouth guards, starting with members of the men’s soccer team. The mouthpieces will provide protection from dental, face and jaw injuries, bruising and concussions. As part of the curriculum for the dental hygiene program, second-year students learn how to take impressions and create models during their summer classes. During the first part of the process, the dental hygiene students take a thorough medical history and conduct a screening for any signs of oral cancer. Faculty grade the students on their examinations, procedures and mouth guards. Dental hygiene students also will be taking impressions of the women’s soccer team, as well as other team members throughout the year. Pictured is MCCC dental hygiene student Isabel Tarantella as she takes a dental impression of MCCC men’s soccer player Aimane Oveldaissa, observed by MCCC dental hygiene Assistant Professor Linda Teal Mercer.