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Special Smiles provides comprehensive oral health care information, including offering free dental screenings and instructions on correct brushing and flossing techniques to participating Special Olympics athletes.  The program is designed to help athletes improve their health and fitness and their ability to train and compete in Special Olympics as well as life.

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SPECIAL SMILES CLINICAL DIRECTORS

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ALISON SIGAL

ALISON SIGAL | Dr. Alison Sigal graduated from McMaster University with an Honours degree in Kinesiology before attending the University of Toronto, Faculty of Dentistry where she earned her Doctor of Dental Surgery and Masters of Science Degree with Specialty training in Pediatric Dentistry. Between programs, she completed a hospital-based residency at Mount Sinai Hospital (Toronto).

She is currently practicing in Milton, ON at Little Bird Pediatric Dentistry, which she opened in 2017 to provide comprehensive oral care to all children from birth onwards and persons with special needs of all ages. Dr. Sigal designed Little Bird with sensory integration at the forefront and the goal of bringing the natural rejuvenating outdoors, inside. In addition to the provision of patient care, Little Bird is focused on multidisciplinary research, educating and training.

Envisioning universal access to oral health care. In 2008, Dr. Sigal founded the Federal Non-profit Organization, Oral Health, Total Health (OHTH; www.ohth.ca). Dedicated to advocating, educating, and improving access to oral health care for persons with special needs. Since 2008, she has expanded OHTH, launching and overseeing 15 chapters across Canada – led by passionate students at the faculties of dentistry and public dental hygiene colleges. Since inception, OHTH has reached over 12,000 volunteers and participants, with the movement & momentum growing!

She is bringing together OHTH and the Special Olympics to further this goal of universal access to oral health care, with dental students assisting with Healthy Smile events in the future. She is a clinical director with SOO and is working to launch Little Bird Pediatric Dentistry as one of the first “Healthy Community Centers” in Canada to provide care for athletes and training for future clinical directors of Healthy Smiles.


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