The WSDA is proud to announce that it is partnering with the Special Olympics Special Smiles program to help provide free oral health screenings to the 14,500 Washington athletes who are part of Special Olympics Washington. Lack of access to dental care is one of the biggest healthcare-related issues among individuals with intellectual disabilities. For more than 20 years, Special Olympics has worked to lessen this disparity for athletes with intellectual disabilities through this program.
To be successful, we need member dentists and their teams to help provide screenings at regional events across the state.
There are four regions in Washington, Northwest (Mountlake Terrace to the Canadian border), King County, Southwest and East. All of these regions host events throughout the year where oral health screenings can occur. Volunteer dentists are not required to bring any equipment or supplies, but donations of branded tooth brushes and floss are welcomed. Forms will be provided to athletes who need follow-up care, and volunteer screeners are encouraged to serve as a dental home for the athletes in their area. Hygienists and staff are encouraged to attend and provide basic oral health education.
Contact Victoria Mehren, Special Olympics Washington Director of Health and Training, at email@example.com or (206) 681-9381 to schedule.