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Special Smiles (dentistry)

The Special Smiles discipline of Healthy Athletes 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 resource page is equipped with manuals and forms, event resources and Special Smiles stories and additional information. Special Smiles has demonstrated remarkable success in creating awareness and improving access to dental care for children and adults with intellectual disabilities.

Special Smiles
Oral hygiene screening is one of many health services provided by Special Olympics healthy athletes program. Athletes and health providers provide insight into the program.

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Special Smiles Event Equipment and Supply List

NOTE About Portal Orders and SOI Supplies Requests. Please notice there are separate list and portals for US versus International portal supplies. Supplies orders should be placed 90 days in advance of your planned event.

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See all stories related to this discipline.

Celebrating World Health Day with Equitable Care

Everyone’s health needs should be included in the healthcare system, and people with intellectual disabilities deserve to have access to a healthcare environment that best addresses their specific health needs.
1 Min Read

Celebrating Champion of Inclusion – Dr. Mohammad Haseeb Al-Bizri

Special Olympics MENA recognizes and celebrates champions of inclusion.
1 Min Read

Chief Health Officer Explains How COVID-19 Complicates Dental Treatment For Patients With Intellectual Disabilities

Patients with intellectual disabilities already face complications in finding and getting dental treatment. The COVID-19 pandemic has only made these challenges harder. Special Olympics Chief Health Officer shares her insights about these difficulties.
5 Min Read