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Special Olympics Special Smiles

Special Smiles has demonstrated remarkable success in its mission to increase access to dental care for Special Olympics athletes, and educate dental professionals as to the oral health problems of people with disabilities face. Today, Special Smiles is considered a leading advocate on standards of care and quality of care issues for children and adults with intellectual disabilities.

It provides dental screenings, personal oral hygiene instruction, sport mouth guards to help prevent dental injuries to athletes competing in contact sports; and fluoride varnish treatment for tens of thousands of athletes worldwide.

Goals of the Special Smiles Programme:

  1. Increase access to dental care for Special Olympics athletes, as well as people with an intellectual disability.
  2. Raise dental professionals' awareness of the oral health concerns of people with intellectual disabilities, including difficulties involved in accessing treatment.
  3. Develop a body of knowledge about the oral health care needs of children and adults with intellectual disabilities.
For more information about Healthy Athletes or if you are a health care professional and would like to learn about how you can participate in Healthy Athletes, please contact:

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