Healthy Athletes - Volunteer Opportunity

July 1 - 6, 2018
Special Smiles, the dental health discipline of Special Olympics Healthy Athletes, is looking for dental volunteers to staff the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games, held July 1-6 at Husky Stadium in  Seattle.

The Healthy Athletes program is dedicated to providing health services and education to Special Olympics athletes, and changing the way health systems interact with people with intellectual disabilities. Through free health screenings, training of healthcare professionals, and evaluation of the health status of people with intellectual disabilities, Healthy Athletes has become a powerful public health organization worldwide.

Special Smiles is the dental health discipline of Special Olympics Healthy Athletes that provides athletes with intellectual disabilities the opportunity to take charge of their oral health. Special Smiles provides comprehensive oral health care information, offers free dental screenings and instructions on correct brushing and flossing techniques to Special Olympics athletes. This also includes issuing preventative supplies, like toothpaste, toothbrushes and fluoride varnish.


Special Smiles screenings have found that a large percentage of Special Olympics athletes are unaware of the condition of their oral health. Athletes are evaluated through a series of stations that include: Oral Screening, Hygiene, Mouth Guards, and Fluoride.

  • 46% have periodontal conditions
  • 36% have untreated tooth decay
  • 14% are in need of urgent care
  • 12% have dental pain


  • Increase access to dental care for Special Olympics athletes, as well as 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 health care needs of children and adults with disabilities


  • Current licensure as a Dentist, Dental Hygienist, or Dental Students


  • Oral Screening: Dentists preferred or Hygienists
  • Hygiene: Station Hygienists, Hygienists Students, Dentists, Dental Assistants, or Dental Students
  • Mouth Guards: Hygienists, Hygienists Students, Dentists, Dental Assistants, or Dental Students
  • Fluoride: Hygienists, Hygienists Students, Dentists, Dental Assistants, or Dental Students
  • Check Out: General or Students


  • Sunday, July 1: 6-8:30 PM
  • Monday, July 2: 11 AM-7 PM
  • Tuesday, July 3: 11 AM-7 PM
  • Wednesday, July 4: 11 AM-4 PM
  • Thursday, July 5: 11 AM-7 PM
  • Friday, July 6: 11 AM-4 PM


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First Global Oral Health Symposium

July 31, 2018
Time: 8:00 am - 12:00 pm

Inter-professional Collaboration in Healthcare: Adding the Oral Health Component to Successful Projects Worldwide


July 31st, 2018
8 AM - 12 PM
University of Washington
Seattle, WA


Optional Poster Session: 12 - 1:30 pm
Optional Lunch & Learn Session: 1:30 - 3 pm


The symposium will feature the following speakers.


1. Waranuch Pitiphat, DDS, PhD. Her lecture is entitled "Faculty Development: The impact of NIH funding on the training of Thai research leaders".

2. Jorge Luis Castillo, DDS, PhD. His lecture is entitled "From the Andes to the Amazon: Connecting the Peruvian oral research community to NIH".

3. Arthur Kemoli, BDS, PhD. His lecture is entitled: "Advocating For HIV Research In Children and Adolescents: The AFRICA Project".

4. Joseph Zunt, MD, MPH. His lecture is entitled: "Oral health is relevant to global health: existing opportunities through Fogarty Fellows and Scholars".

5. Florencia Vasta, Associate Program Officer, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation: Nutrition, Global Development Program: “Investing in nutrition is investing in global health”


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The Oral Cancer Foundation Fundraiser Event

September 22, 2018
Time: 9:00 am - 2:00 pm

When you walk in the Oral Cancer Foundation Walks, you join the effort with hundreds of thousands of people to raise awareness and funds that allow the Oral Cancer Foundation (OCF) to invest in new research, create educational programs, advocate for public policy, and support oral cancer survivors.

Thanks to Walkers and Donors like you, OCF has been able to fund multiple published research that aids in the fight agaist oral cancer.

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