Special Smiles

Special Smiles helps Special Olympics athletes optimize their oral health.


Special SMiles

Special Smiles provides comprehensive oral health care information, including offering free dental screenings and instructions on correct brushing and flossing techniques to participating Special Olympics athletes. This also includes issuing preventative supplies like toothpaste and toothbrushes and fluoride varnish.

Athletes who require follow up dental services are referred to local oral health professionals.For more information, contact Charita R. Boseman (cboseman@specialolympics.org), Manager, Special Smiles.


Special Smiles News and Stories


June 16, 2015 | SOI General: Headquarters

Healthy Athletes Making a Big Impact for Thousands of Athletes During Summer Games

By Heather Harmer

Athletes in Maryland were able to receive bone density screening during Health Promotion. People with intellectual disabilities are far more

All across North America, programs are busy hosting Summer Games competitions. Along with the sporting events, Healthy Athletes screenings have been at the forefront of the competitions. It's expected that more than 35,000 athletes from North America will be screened during May and June alone.View Story All across North America, programs are busy hosting Summer Games competitions. Along with the sporting events, Healthy Athletes screenings have been at the forefront of the competitions. It's expected that more than 35,000 athletes from North America will be screened during May and June alone. During Summer Games, Special Olympics Michigan celebrates the accomplishments of their Healthy Athletes program by selecting a Healthy Athlete of the Year. This year's winner was Ben Dornoff who credits Healthy Athletes with helping him led a healthier lifestyle. In Maryland, athletes and their families were excited about the bone density screenings during Health Promotion. People with intellectual disabilities have a far greater risk of osteoporosis then people without disabilities. However this screening is not widely available during an athlete's physical. Thanks to the volunteers; both the clinical and students who give their time and talents to providing free screening.

About Heather Harmer:Heather Harmer is the Senior Manager for Healthy Athletes in North America.
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October 07, 2014 | SOI General: Headquarters

Dr. Perlman Named Honorary Lifetime Member of iADH

By Shantae Polk

Dr. Perlman (right) poses with Dr. Dimitris Emmanouil, iADH President, 2012-14, and also a Special Olympics clinical director in Greece, at the iADH Congress.

Dr. Steve Perlman, a founder of the Special Olympics Healthy Athletes program, was named an honorary life member of the International Association for Disability and Oral HealthView Story Dr. Steve Perlman, one of the founders of the Special Olympics Healthy Athletes program and a current global clinical advisor, was named an honorary life member of the International Association for Disability and Oral Health (iADH) by its governing committee and board of directors. Dr. Perlman was honored at the iADH’s Congress held in Berlin, Germany, on 2 October. Dr. Perlman has been a faithful member of iADH for many years and credits iADH for helping Special Smiles expand its reach with clinical directors across the globe who all specialize and have a passion for special care dentistry. To date, Special Smiles volunteers, led by Dr. Perlman, have completed more than 122,000 free exams as part of the Special Olympics Healthy Athletes program.

About Shantae Polk:Global Manager, Special Smiles and FUNfitness
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September 11, 2014 | SOI General: Headquarters

A Big Bite Out of Global Oral Health Disparities

By Lynn Aylward

Special Olympics Bharat

Special Olympics Bharat (India) is participating in a new dental clinic and securing important new partners for its Healthy Athletes oral health work.View Story Special Olympics Bharat (India) is participating in a new dental clinic and securing important new partners for its Healthy Athletes oral health work. Dr. Reena. R. Kumar is a dental professor at Divya Jyoti College of Dental Sciences & Research and a Special Olympics Healthy Athletes Special Smiles Clinical Director. She is inaugurating a Special Care Clinic, in conjunction with the International Association for Disability & Oral Health (IADH), on September 15. On the same day, IADH launches its India Chapter. Special Olympics Bharat (India), IADH’s new India chapter, and Divya Jyoti College of Dental Sciences & Research have also signed a memorandum of understanding to create a sustainable model to provide quality oral health care to people with intellectual disabilities. Since 17 percent of the world’s teeth are located in India, the Special Care Clinic and the MOU are a start at taking a big bite out of global oral health disparities for people with intellectual disabilities. Getting dental care and achieving oral health is one of the biggest health concerns for people with intellectual disabilities. IADH, with chapters in 40 countries, is dedicated to improving the oral health and quality of life of people with special needs and Special Olympics Healthy Athletes Special Smiles initiative provides dental health examinations and care for people with intellectual disabilities.

About Lynn Aylward:I work in communications for Special Olympics.
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November 11, 2016

Fall Sports Classic Healthy Athletes Event

At the Healthy Athletes event at the Fall Sports Classic, the following disciplines will be offered: Opening Eyes, Special Smiles, Healthy Hearing, and Health Promotions. These screenings will be offered free to all athletes who have a current physical on file at Special Olympics Kansas. Screening forms are sent to guardians if health issues are identified so a follow-up with their health care professional may be made. Each discipline has a Clinical Director who recruits volunteers to assist with the screening.
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Terri Price
Email:pricet@ksso.org
Phone:913-236-9092
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OKUN Field House
20200 Johnson Drive

Shawnee, Kansas
UNITED STATES

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