Boston University gives special athletes Special Smiles®

in BU In the Community, Goldman School of Dental Medicine, News Releases
June 13th, 2008

Contact: Jackie Rubin, 617/638-4892 | jackier@bu.edu

Boston—Boston University Goldman School of Dental Medicine BUGSDM) has organized a team of more than 100 volunteers to provide free dental screenings to Special Olympians through the Healthy Athletes® Special Smiles® initiative June 14 at the Special Olympics Massachusetts games at Harvard Stadium.

“Children with special needs make up the most medically underserved of all populations,” says BUGSDM alumnus and Special Smiles® Global Clinical Advisor Dr. Steve Perlman.

Special Smiles® introduces people with disabilities to dental care as a positive experience and encourages students to provide care for this population.

BUGSDM teamed up with Dr. Perlman and Special Olympics founder Eunice Kennedy Shriver to found Special Smiles® in 1993. Today, Special Smiles® exists at more than 100 Special Olympics events worldwide.

Data collected during screenings Special Smiles® provide insight into deficiencies in dental care both locally and internationally.

The mission of Boston University Goldman School of Dental Medicine is to provide excellent education to dental
professionals throughout their careers; to shape the future of dental medicine and dental education through research; to offer excellent health care services to the community; to participate in community activities; and to foster a respectful and supportive environment.

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