Special Smiles - Saint Paul


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Event Description:

Join the Special Smiles team to help significantly improve the lives of our Special Olympics Athletes!


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.



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

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 peridontal 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 SPECIAL SMILES


  • This event is held indoors at the Anderson Student Center.
  • All volunteers will receive a souvenir t-shirt to ensure that they are identifiable during the event. They must be worn when attending the event.
  • Orientation and Training is scheduled to start at the time you sign up for. Please arrive at the check-in area 10-15 minutes early to allow time to check-in, receive your t-shirt and be on time for your training.
  • You will receive a reminder email with additional parking and check-in information one to two weeks before the event.

Age Eligibility for Event Volunteers

  • 15 years and older can volunteer by themselves.
  • 12-14 year olds must be accompanied by parent, guardian, or chaperone.
  • 11 years and younger are not given volunteer assignments, but are welcomed and encouraged to be cheerleaders as long as they are accompanied by a parent, guardian, or chaperone.  Please do not register for any position.
  • 12-14 year olds in a group situation need a 4 to 1 ratio-meaning one adult (18 years old or older) for every three children.  These groups usually include scout troops, school classes, church groups, etc.

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Sat, Jun 22, 2019 - 8:30 AM to 1:00 PM   
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Sat, Jun 22, 2019 - 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM   
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Sat, Jun 22, 2019 - 12:00 PM to 4:30 PM   
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Event Meeting Location: Volunteer check-in is located at Scooters in the Anderson Student Center. Parking and shuttle information will be provided one to two weeks before the event.

Anderson Student Center, 2115 Summit Ave, Saint Paul, MN 55105

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Event Organizer: Special Olympics Minnesota
Event Category:
Healthy Athletes / Special Smiles (Dentist/Hygienist)