Special Olympics

SPECIAL SMILES

Focuses


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Additional Resources

Who can apply?

Dentists, Dental Hygienists, Dental Assistants, Dental Students and Dental Hygiene Students are eligible to assist with Special Smiles screenings. 



Additional Information

Special Smiles provides comprehensive oral health care information, including free dental screenings and instructions on correct brushing and flossing techniques to Special Olympics athletes and people with intellectual disabilities.  The program is designed to help athletes improve their health and their ability to train and compete in Special Olympics as well as life.  Special Smiles also aims to expose oral healthcare professionals to working with people with intellectual disabilities with the hope that the barriers this population faces to obtaining healthcare are diminished and more oral healthcare professionals are willing to treat this population. 

Clinical directors

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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).


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Maheen Cassim

Maheen Cssim has been a Special Smiles Clinical Director since 2018. She is a Dental Hygienist and Clinic Owner in Thunder Bay.


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don young

Don has been a Special Smiles Clinical Director since 2017 and is a Dentist in Thunder Bay.


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hamid john

Hamid has been a Special Smiles Clinical Director since 2016 and is a Dental Hygienist and educator in Toronto.


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Maureen Adams

Maureen has been a Special Smiles Clinical Director since 2016 and is a Dental Hygienist in Thunder Bay.