Dental volunteer spirit was alive and well on the Emory University campus in Atlanta 2012 during the 18th Annual Special Olympics, Special Smiles dental screenings. The GDA conducted this event in conjunction with the Special Olympics Georgia Summer Games.

A great GDA, dental team, and community volunteers provided or assisted with dental screenings and dental education for athletes who visited both the indoor or outdoor care locations, reaching a total of 303 athletes.

"Our dentists identified several athletes who needed additional care during the screenings," said event chair Dr. Jonathan Dubin. "Our volunteers provided 53 of the athletes with mouth guards and 72 with sealants. We provided the majority of athletes with fluoride varnish treatments. We did identify 19 athletes who had urgent dental needs. We provided them and their coaches with the GDA referral number to call for a referral to dentist in their area."

In addition to the dental screening, each athlete also received instruction on correct oral hygiene care practices and good nutrition from a volunteer dental hygiene student, and received a goody bag, filled with a toothbrush, toothpaste, floss, and other dental related items.

Special thanks to the amazing dentist and dental student volunteers. Kudos to the incredible dental hygiene students and faculty members from Georgia Perimeter College, Lanier Technical College, and West Georgia Technical College who attended to help the dentist volunteers with screenings, conduct dental education, and even do a little face painting. Many thanks also go to the Oral Health Unit of the Georgia Department of Public Health for helping with the sealants portion of the event. Finally, a tip of the hat to Delta Dental, The Coca-Cola Company, Colgate, Benco Dental, and Mainstreet Financial for supporting Special Smiles through donations for the goody bags, food for the volunteers, and other items for use during the screenings.

DENTIST VOLUNTEERS

Dr. Arleen Albert
Dr. Dimitri Arfanakis
Dr. Leah Asher
Dr. Henry Benson
Dr. Ken Berger
Dr. Donald Brown
Dr. Meredith Dempsey
Dr. Jonathan Dubin
Dr. Max Ferguson
Dr. Jim Goettl
Dr. Gary Greenwald
Dr. Brad Greenway
Dr. Kathy Huber
Dr. Bibianna Hur
Dr. Kristin Jorgensen
Dr. Kiran Kamdar
Dr. Jagdeep Kaur
Dr. Wayne Kerr
Dr. Soon Kwon
Dr. Guy McMaster
Dr. Lauren Mills
Dr. Mayur Nayee
Dr. Erin Pickwick
Dr. Robin Reich
Dr. Deidra Rondeno
Dr. Latonya Wade-Crear
Dr. Richard Weinman
Dr. Angela Wright
Dr. Barry Zeitman

DENTAL HYGIENISTS

Sue Dodd, RDH
Sharon Spears, RDH
Meri Warbrick, RDH
Amanda Winn, RDH
Dixianne Parker, RDH
Cherie Rainwater, RDH
Wendy Stafford, RDH

GHSU DENTAL STUDENTS

Monica Chana
Karolina Grochowska
Marissa Ludley
Ben Popple
Haley Swearingen
Katy Vesper

DENTAL HYGIENE STUDENTS

Charity Alexander
Jessica Carter
Britney Cruz
Martie Dizon
Christina Eggleston
Vania Lee
Patricia McCullough
Mi Nam
Ji Park
Logan Voong
Adriane Dorsey
Jessica Dowdle
Lauren Jankowski
Brittany Kaissieh
Sarah Kennedy
Cristina Moldovan
Angela Patterson
Courtney Ramsey
Abby Stepp
Cresta Turner
Emily Wilkinson
West Georgia
Technical College
Madison Brocks
Kendra Bunting
Brinttany Hilderbrand
Kimberly Hirsch
Nichole Leodler
Aracelly Monsalve
Kimberly Mullins
Shera Pegues
Paula Santamaria
Rebecca Shelnutt
Janette Troche
Keisha Ward
Caroline Willoughby

OTHER VOLUNTEERS

Zachary Dubin
Lauren Greenway
Courtney Layfield
Elouise Perry
Ralph Pickwick