COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho -- Some North Idaho football players got a valuable piece of equipment courtesy of a local dentist -- mouth guards.
Mouth guards play a big role in preventing concussions from football.
"We're looking for a way to give to the community," said Dr. Spencer Wirig of Lakeview Dental. He is designing custom-made, high-quality mouth guards to be used by local players.
"There are some studies that are compelling that show that certainly a mouth guard, a professionally fitted one, has some protection against head injuries," Dr. Wirig said.
Players come into his office, get a mold made of their teeth, and then get their very own custom-made mouth guard. It is the same technology used in Division I ball.
"The players have a perfect, form-fitting mouth guard that allows them to call out audibles and to speak clearly," Dr. Wirig added.
And Dr. Wirig is doing this all for free.
"Dr. Wirig being able to give us quality mouthpieces makes a difference," said Van Troxel, Lake City High School's football coach. "They're ones that would probably cost the kids $35 to $40 to go get."
"It feels really good, like, when you get hit and you clench down, you can really feel it squish in there," said Lake City High wide receiver Rhett Damschen.
Dr. Wirig has donated mouth guards to four high school football programs including teams in Coeur d'Alene, Rathdrum, and Post Falls, and one local junior team.