HONOLULU (KITV4) - Hawaii Dental Service (HDS), is making sure public, private, and charter high school athletes throughout the state have access to quality, custom-fit mouthguards to protect not only their mouth but, teeth, jaw, their overall health, and their future.
HDS is working closely with the State of Hawaii Department of Education, Oahu Interscholastic Association, Interscholastic League of Honolulu, Maui Interscholastic League, Kauai Interscholastic Federation, and the Big Island Interscholastic Federation to distribute nearly 10,000 mouthguards, valued at $250,000, as a pilot program.
These organizations have distributed them to 90 Hawaii high schools for their football and other select sports’ student-athletes.
“The safety of our students is always a top priority and this donation of fitted mouth guards will provide additional protection for our student-athletes,” said Keith Hayashi, Interim Superintendent, Hawaii State Department of Education. “We greatly appreciate the generosity of Hawaii Dental Service."
The custom-fit mouthguards are produced by Game On mouthguards.
The mouthguards are made of a unique and highly durable material that helps absorb shock and limit movement caused by an impact to the jaw and with proper care can last for years.
Fellow senior, Emmanuel Carter, who is a receiver on the Seariders team, has been using his mouthguard from Hawaii Dental Service to prevent “biting his tongue or messing up his jaw.”
“We saw a great need for custom-fit mouthguards among Hawaii’s young athletes and realized we could take preemptive measures to protect their oral health,” said Mark Yamakawa, Hawaii Dental Service President, and CEO. “We not only help put a smile on the faces of Hawaii residents; we also make sure they can maintain strong teeth, gums, and good overall health.”
“We’re happy that we received this donation to share with all of our students so that they can stay protected throughout the season,” said Kekoa Kaluhiokalani, a 1990 graduate of Waianae High School.