The MDA is proud to support Special Olympics Missouri and the Healthy Athletes Program by providing supplies and encouraging member dentists to volunteer. Currently two MDA members have attended national training for conducting screenings with special need athletes. As a dentist, if you would like to understand more about the Special Smiles screenings please contact Dr. Emily Hahn in St. Louis or Dr. Ashley Popejoy in Springfield.
If you would like to volunteer as a dentist or support staff for an upcoming Special Smiles screenings, please contact Carol Griffin directly at Special Olympics. She will provide you with all the details related to each event.
The Training for Life Campus will be opening in the Fall of 2018 in Jefferson City. It will include a Special Smiles exam room. If you would like to donate a dental chair or other dental supplies to help furnish this room for Special Olympics or if you wish to be trained to occasionally volunteer at the Training for Life Campus, please contact Carol Griffin.
2018 Scheduled Events
- Indoor Games: St. Joseph, March 16-18
- Summer Games: Springfield, June 1-3
- Outdoor Games: Jefferson City, September 28-30
The Healthy Athletes Program: Special Smiles
The Healthy Athletes program is an initiative developed by Special Olympics Incorporated with a mission of improving the overall health of our athletes through various health screenings. This is a wonderful program that offers our athletes the opportunity to improve their health in an environment that is focused on the needs of individuals with intellectual disabilities. Thanks to the friendship of Missouri health professionals, the following screenings have been offered to SOMO athletes free of charge.
Dentists and hygienists provide one-on-one instruction on proper tooth brushing techniques, an oral health screening using tongue blades and flashlights (no treatment is given) and information on the value of nutrition in maintaining good oral health.