Special Smiles

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.
a man with examination gloves on is performing a test while athletes and other individuals watch under an outdoor tent.
How important is it to get a second opinion? Ask any of the athletes who have received a health screening from Special Olympics. To date, Special Olympics has conducted more than 2.3 million throughout the world.
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Around 100 conference participants gathered in front of a large screen and Special Olympics branding.
What a year! Did you know that between 2017 and 2018, almost 90,000 people were involved in Special Olympics health and fitness initiatives across Europe Eurasia?
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James Pierce before and after emergency dental care.
James Pierce, a 42 year old Special Olympics athlete from Kentucky with Down syndrome, was recently referred to the Henry Hood medical center for care.
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Dr. Perlman evaluating an athletes oral health. Healthy Athletes, Special Smiles
In the 1990s, Dr. Steve Perlman and Eunice Kennedy Shriver met to discuss the lack of access to health care for people with intellectual disabilities, who were often denied treatment.
Dr Steven Perlman standing next to Special Olympics Athlete Dustin Plunkett with their arms around one antoher smiling
How important is it to get a second opinion? Ask any of the over 1.7 million athletes screened by the Special Olympics Health Program.
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Universidad Cientifica del Sur – Escuela de Estomatología (FCS) is one of seven honorees of the 2017 Golisano Global Health Leadership Award. The university works in partnership with Special Olympics Peru.