Description: Special Smiles® is a non-intrusive dental exam. It provides athletes with hygiene education to help ensure they are doing an adequate job of brushing and flossing, as well as nutritional education to understand how their diet affects their total health. The athletes also are provided with a list of dentists/clinics in their area who will treat patients with special needs, should they have difficulty finding a dentist.
Criteria for Clinical Director: In Florida for Special Smiles, a local volunteer clinical director can be a licensed dentist or dental hygienist. Licensed dentists and licensed dental hygienist can perform the actual exam. It is preferred that a dentist is on site at every exam but is not mandatory.
Special Smiles Clinical Director Paula Schad shares why you should get involved with Healthy Athletes: