Special Smiles

Healthy Athletes Special Smiles

Special SmilesĀ 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.

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SOBC and partners promotingĀ Lifelong Smiles for people with intellectual disabilities

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Special Olympics BC and our partners at the Golisano Foundationā€™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.

TheĀ Lifelong Smiles for Individuals with IntellectualĀ DisabilitiesĀ onlineĀ 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, isĀ freeĀ 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 clientā€™s daily oral care

For more information visit www.cdha.ca.