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Dentist offering free mouth guards for athletes
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Dentist offering free mouth guards for athletes

Dentist offering free mouth guards for athletes

Dentist offering free mouth guards for athletes

A doctor in Bixby is giving away custom mouth guards for young athletes.
 
The product can cost up to $225, but now over 300 kids will own one for no cost.
 
FOX23’s Andrew Carter talked with On the Cusp pediatric dentistry to find out more about the program.  
 
Many young athletes use cheap mouth guards dropped in boiling water to mold the protection around your teeth.
 
But Dr. Ryan Roberts in Bixby says the process thins the mouth guard making it unsafe, which is why he said he’s giving back to the community via custom mouth guards
 
“See it’s hard to get off, I can hardly get it off, and this is how it is in the athlete’s mouth, right, it is so retentive,” said Roberts.
 
On the Cusp has a deal on Thursday most would say is too good to be true. Free custom mouth guards for anyone interested.
 
At first, Roberts thought maybe 100 people would take the offer, but word traveled fast around south Tulsa and Bixby.
 
“We had such a huge response from our community that I think if I just limited to that, it wasn’t going to work,” he said.
 
To accommodate the increased interest the dentistry made an online registry and within 48 hours 300 people signed up.
 
“It’s a very exciting thing for me; I started the office from scratch, zero patients two years ago,” he said.
 
But once he established himself, “We just had so many stories of you know poorly fitting mouth guards that are not offering the protection the kids need,” he said.
 
It sparked an idea Roberts said is one of the main core values of his practice -- to give back to the community-- to hand out the expensive product for free.
 
“That child may not otherwise receive that and so it is a rewarding experience for us, and that’s what it’s all about, is serving kids,” he said.
 
The event will be all day Thursday, but Roberts expects he won’t be able to accommodate everyone who’s interested anymore, so there is an early bird sign up on their website for a future event.

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