July 11, 2016
Dr. Allen Wong was recently named as a global clinical advisor to the Health Athletes-Special Smiles program of Special Olympics International. An expert in the field of special care dentistry, Wong has more than 25 years of experience caring for with people with special needs.
As an advisor, Wong will provide education on emerging trends in dentistry, help establish partnerships and provide insight on screening protocols.
A long-time volunteer with Special Olympics, Wong serves as director of the Advanced Education in General Dentistry and the Hospital Dentistry programs at University of the Pacific, Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry. He has been a Special Smiles clinical director since 1999 and the North American regional clinical advisor since 2011 facilitating Special Smiles events in Northern California. He has also provided support during USA Games and World Games events.
The Healthy Athletes initiative of Special Olympics offers health examinations in seven areas: Fit Feet (podiatry), FUNfitness (physical therapy), Health Promotion (better health and well-being), Healthy Hearing (audiology), MedFest (sports physical exam), Special Olympics-Lions Clubs International Opening Eyes (vision) and Special Smiles (dentistry). The Healthy Athletes-Special Smiles dentistry program provides dental screenings, oral hygiene instruction, mouth guards, fluoride varnish and oral hygiene kits to thousands of athletes, many of whom have never been to a dentist. To learn more, visit the Special Olympics website.