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CareSource empowers Georgians to take care of their smiles and their whole health

December 13th, 2022 | 2 min read

Georgia Team Smile child receiving dental care

CareSource and TeamSmile recently recruited volunteer dental professionals to provide complimentary dental and preventative care services to local children, as well as education about the significance of proper oral health. Hundreds of students from three local schools participated in the program sponsored through a partnership with CareSource, the Atlanta Hawks and College Park Skyhawks.

“CareSource knows that for some people, going to the dentist office can be an intimidating experience,” said Jason Bearden, president of CareSource Georgia. “Providing access to quality care is at the heart of our mission, and this is just one example of how that commitment positively affects Georgians.”

Team Smile from CareSource on Vimeo.

In Georgia, CareSource uses the dental home model of care for members. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentists explains the term “dental home” describes the ongoing relationship between the dentist and patient, inclusive of all aspects of oral health care delivered in a comprehensive, continuously accessible, coordinated and family-centered manner.

Dr. Judy Greenlea Taylor, dental director for CareSource Georgia, also recently appeared WSB-TV in Atlanta to discuss why it’s imperative for Georgians with prediabetes or diabetes to see their dentist for regular check-ups and tips on how to improve their oral health to control glucose levels.

Behind the Smile from CareSource on Vimeo.

Dr. Greenlea Taylor explained the links between dental health and chronic diseases such as diabetes, stroke and heart disease. Hyperglycemia, or high blood glucose levels, is a hallmark of diabetes and can lead to a host of teeth and gum problems like gum disease, dry mouth and tooth-related infections. But she also explained how poor oral health can also make it harder to manage diabetes.