Custom Made Football Mouth Guards Getting Teens to Visit the Dentist

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A football game might be the last place you expect to find an effort to get more teens to visit the dentist. But that’s what’s in the playbook of one Northeast Ohio dentist.

According to the federal Centers for Disease Control the lack of dental care for some groups — dental health disparities — are profound in the U.S.  And oral health disparities exist for many racial and ethnic groups, by socioeconomic status.

A local dentist and several partner organizations have created a unique program designed to help those most at risk for teeth issues -- get dental checkups.As part of the continuing Be Well series on health disparities, Marlene Harris-Taylor reports on how new custom made mouth guards are gettting local football teams into the dentist office.

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