CSHM LLC and its network of associated dental centers work with states and communities to strengthen children's dental health and other government and private healthcare initiatives. Our caregivers work with parents, schools and local organizations to educate families about the best way to safeguard the dental health of low-income and underserved families.
CSHM LLC is a trusted partner of state health agencies and other health care providers. We provide critical dental health services for Medicaid, the Children's Health Insurance Program and other government healthcare initiatives. In the neighborhoods and communities we serve, our dental centers also partner with local schools, libraries, shelters, and early childhood programs to reach families who need our care the most.
We also work with universities and other institutions to support research on the most effective methods of care for children from underserved populations. In July 2008, the lead dentists of three CSHM-managed dental centers volunteered to recruit patients for a multi-year study conducted by The PEARL Network (Partners Engaged in Applied Learning and Research) that will examine treatment of deep caries nationwide.
Management of deep caries close to the dental pulp presents a challenge to both clinician and patient because the prognosis for recommended treatments is not well documented. The PEARL Network designed the study to assess treatment outcomes for both procedures in PEARL Network practices. The study, currently in its early phases, will recruit 560 patients who will be monitored at 6 and 12-month intervals to examine treatment efficacy.
We also offer financial assistance to organizations that work to improve children's health and the lives of those in need. Organizations that receive our support include the Children's Dental Health Project, the American Red Cross, the Foundation to Eradicate Duchene's Disease, Massachusetts Health Care For All, and the Virginia and Colorado Mission of Mercy projects.
At the community level, dental center employees work hard to safeguard the dental health of children in their communities. During National Children's Dental Health Month each year, our dental centers provide more than 8,000 free screenings to children across the country, and dentists hold educational programs for parents about keeping their children's teeth healthy and clean.
Nationwide, dental center open houses, health fairs and school-based education programs hosted by our caregivers help to raise awareness about the importance of healthy smile.
Our associated dental centers are proud to help better educate parents and children about good oral health practices. By inviting community leaders, healthcare partners and patients to their clinics, our dental caregivers are bringing health, happy smiles to their communities.
Pictured: Texas Smiles of Austin Open House
Our caregivers are proud to partner with community organizations to help local children. These partnerships include participating in health fairs and sponsoring other educational events.
Pictured: Small Smiles of Roanoke partners with Smart Beginnings of Roanoke to promote reading.
Our dental caregivers bring enthusiasm and dedication to work every day. Many of them are also active in their communities. Through volunteerism and leadership, they help make the places they live both healthy and safe.
Pictured: Eydie Wells of Oklahoma Smiles helped save her elderly