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Creighton dental school faculty give back during Special Olympics of Nebraska Games

Creighton University School of Dentistry faculty and students are giving back to the community by providing dental services at the Special Olympics of Nebraska Games. Eleven dental school faculty and 12 students worked in two shifts Friday at the Special Smiles clinic in the Skutt Student Center on the Creighton campus..

Dr. Dennis Nilsson, professor of prosthodontics in the Creighton University School of Dentistry, made mouth guards for Special Olympics athletes.

“We provide concussion-resistant mouth guards to any of the athletes who want one, and to those specifically participating in sports where they may have a fall and a likely dental injury,” Nilsson says. “It’s a great service, we think, and we’re happy to do it.”

About 120 mouth guards will be made for the athletes participating in this weekend’s games. The Creighton University dental school has provided the service to Special Olympics athletes for at least five years.

Dr. Nilsson appreciates the opportunity to give back. “It’s pretty rewarding to be able to help people who otherwise might not have the opportunity to have this done. We enjoy it.”

In addition to the mouth guards, Creighton dental school faculty and students provide screenings and dental exams to Special Olympics athletes.

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