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Mouth Guards

USE 'EM or LOOSE 'EM
Recommended mandatory wearing of mouth guards during following events:

Rugby, Football, Soccer, Basketball, Pugil Stick, Bayonet Training, and the Confidence course.

The Fort Leonard Wood Dental Activity (DENTAC) instituted a mouth guard program in which each soldier entering Initial Entry Training (IET) and the Officer Basic Course (OBC) is issued a mouth guard upon in processing at the 43rd AG Reception Center. The program is targeted at all incoming Army, Army Reserve, and National Guard trainees, as well as permanent party military soldiers – a yearly population of 30,000 to 35,000 soldiers.

The purpose of the program is to reduce costly dental injuries, especially those injuries occurring during training activities such as pugil stick training, hand-to-hand training, M16 with bayonet training, and the confidence course. The mouth guard program is meant to supplement, not replace, the fabrication of custom mouth guards by installation dental clinics.