Preventing Injuries with Mouthguards

Custom Fitted Mouthguards

Dental injuries are common in collision or contact sports and recreational activities. All ages, genders, and skill levels are at risk. Studies have shown the injury risk is 1.5-2.0 times greater when not wearing a custom-fitted mouthguard!

Mouthguards make sense for preventative care, but children engaged in sports are not wearing them. Research conducted by Delta Dental discovered nearly seven out of 10 American children do not wear a mouthguard at youth sports practices or games for baseball, soccer, and basketball. While mouthguards are required for football, only seven out of 10 caregivers (70 percent) report that their child wears a mouth guard at both practice and games. Not wearing a mouthguard at practices poses risks for an athlete. According to Safe Kids USA, most organized sports-related injuries occur during practice rather than games!

If you are a parent, you may want your child to wear a mouthguard (especially if they have braces) but have difficulty convincing them to do so. Our Hanneman Dustrude dental team has had success in helping parents encourage their children to wear them because they not only fit well, but they look cool. Our custom-fitted mouthguards are available in the colors of the local high schools including Oshkosh WestNorth, Omro, and Lourdes, which is especially appealing to our athletes.

If your child does wear a mouthguard already, you can help encourage dental health by taking a photo of your athlete showing it off. Create a testimonial for other parents to hear as they describe the fit and comfort of their guard. If they can show their peers it’s OK to do it and it functions well, the user will grow. If they received their custom-fitted mouthguard from us, we will display it on our Wall of Fame!

Hanneman Dustrude Dental supports Oshkosh area athletics and all the associated benefits of competing on a team. Whether you’re playing football, heading a soccer ball, driving the lane on a basketball court, or just running around with friends, dental injuries can happen. It’s our mission to help prevent those than can be prevented with a mouthguard.

Call us today at (920) 233-6001 to find out more about our custom-fitted mouthguards!

Dental Care Concerns? We’re Listening


Do you have dental care concerns? Has it been a while since you visited a dentist, or do you simply need a second opinion? As one of the most established dental practices in Oshkosh, we believe experience does matter. We combine the best with the old and incorporate new tools when it improves the communication and care opportunities with our patients. That’s why we have adopted social media. We know that’s where people receive updates important to them. We use our Facebook and Twitter pages to share insights on maintaining good oral health and sprinkle in a little humor in the process.

We believe experienced dentistry, along with making every patient feel comfortable, is why families spanning multiple generations trust us to be partners with them in achieving the best dental care. When you have questions and prefer a traditional phone call, we will have a live person from our care team answer. If you wish to connect via social media, that’s fine too. Whichever way you choose, we are here to listen and respond with time-tested advice.

Drs. Hanneman and Dustrude Establish Endowed Scholarship

Marquette Scholarship

Oshkosh area dentists Dr. Mike Hanneman and Dr. Karen Dustrude (husband and wife) have established a dental scholarship at their alma mater, the Marquette School of Dentistry.

Drs. Hanneman, who earned his DDS in 1982, and Dustrude, who earned her DDS in 1983, established their private dental practice in Oshkosh in 1982. Over the next 20 years, the partners earned a reputation for providing high-quality dental care, serving thousands of patients in the Oshkosh area.

The couple established the dental scholarship to specifically encourage young people of Northeast Wisconsin, a region where less than 22 percent of the population holds a bachelor’s degree, to pursue careers in dentistry. The endowed scholarship in their name will help honor their scholarship wishes in perpetuity.

The Marquette School of Dentistry is most grateful to Drs. Hanneman and Dustrude for this gift that encourages students to achieve a doctorate in dental surgery (DDS) degree.

“An endowed scholarship of this kind is of significant benefit to us as we strive to encourage Wisconsin scholars to pursue advanced degrees in the professional sciences”, states Jay Rabideaux, Development Director for Marquette University. Drs. Hanneman and Dustrude are helping to create a culture of philanthropy for others in their generation to follow.

As dental professionals and Marquette alumni, the couple feels compelled to give back. “We all have budgets and commitments, but we all need to give back to the school that taught us our skills”, states Dr. Karen Dustrude. “It’s important to us that our donations are enough to make a difference for Wisconsin scholars”.

Hanneman Receives AGD Fellowship Award

Dr. Hanneman AGD Fellow

The Academy of General Dentistry (AGD),, a professional association of more than 37,000 general dentists dedicated to providing quality dental care and oral health education to the public, is pleased to announce that Dr. Michael Hanneman, DDS, FAGD, of Oshkosh, Wisconsin is an AGD Fellow Dentist.

The Fellowship Award is presented to dentists who seek to provide the highest quality of dental care by remaining current in their profession. In order to become an AGD Fellow Dentist, Dr. Hanneman completed 500 hours of continuing dental education, passed a comprehensive exam, and fulfilled three years of continuous membership in the AGD.

As a recipient of the Fellowship Award, Dr. Hanneman joins more than 6,700 active AGD Fellows who understand that providing great smiles and good oral health for their patients are the result of going above and beyond basic requirements.

We are proud to honor Dr.Hanneman for his commitment to the profession, says AGD President Jeffrey M.Cole, DDS, MBA, FAGD. He has distinguished himself professionally among his peers and is a role model to both his fellow dentists and to the members of the community.