Special Smiles provides comprehensive oral health care information to participating Special Olympics athletes, including free dental screenings and instructions on correct brushing and flossing techniques. This also includes issuing preventative supplies like toothpaste, toothbrushes, and fluoride varnish.
Athletes who require follow-up dental services are referred to local oral health professionals.
If you have questions about Special Smiles, please contact:
Sarah Russell, SOBC Coordinator, Sport & Health Science
SOBC helps launch new health initiative to promote Lifelong Smiles
Special Olympics BC and our partners at the Golisano Foundation’s Healthy Communities program are excited to be teaming up with the Canadian Dental Hygienists Association to bring better dental care for people with intellectual disabilities.
The Lifelong Smiles for Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities online course is designed to help oral health professionals more effectively connect with and support clients with intellectual disabilities in maintaining good oral health over their lifetime.
The four-module course, developed by dental hygienists, is free and covers:
- Information about individuals with intellectual disabilities
- Preparing the dental office to welcome clients with intellectual disabilities
- Desensitizing strategies for a successful dental appointment for individuals with intellectual disabilities
- Strategies to support your client’s daily oral care
For more information visit www.cdha.ca.