At a Special Olympics Wisconsin (SOWI) Special Smiles event, dental professionals provide screenings, health education and prevention services and refer athletes for follow-up care. Athletes are given a goodie bag with a new tooth brush, tooth paste and dental floss. Athletes that have completed a permission slip can also receive a fluoride varnish. Special Smiles is made possible with the support of Delta Dental of Wisconsin.
Special Smiles Goals:
- Increase access to dental care for Special Olympics athletes, as well as all people with intellectual disabilities.
- Raise dental professionals’ awareness of the oral health concerns of people with special needs, including difficulties involved in accessing care.
- Develop a body of knowledge about the oral healthcare needs of children and adults with disabilities.
Any athlete with a current medical and consent form with SOWI can attend. Athletes do not have to be competing in the tournament to participate in Healthy Athletes!