A WIN­NING SMILE

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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.

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO — DAVID DEBALKO/ MONT­GOMERY COUNTY COM­MU­NITY COL­LEGE

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