Dental Hygiene Students Volunteer for Special Olympics event in Orono

Four UMA Dental Hygiene Students and Associate Professor Nancy Foster volunteered at the annual 2022 Special Olympics hosted on June 11, 2022 on the University of Maine campus in Orono.

The UMA Dental Hygiene students taught the athletes how to brush and floss, choose healthy snacks, and gave away t-shirts, oral health goody bags which included toothbrushes, toothpaste and other fun dental items to encourage the maintenance of healthy teeth and gums.

The Special Olympics staff reported that over 800 athletes participated in this event. Also in attendance were four dentists, University of New England Dental Students and faculty, several practicing dental hygienists.

UMA Dental Hygiene Students in attendance:

  • Kendra Belden
  • Riley Gray
  • Carrie Rutan
  • Abigail Hartsgrove