Tennessee Smile Power Week Kicks Off June 11
June 11-15 has been proclaimed Tennessee Smile Power Week by the Tennessee Charitable Care Network.
Smile Power Week was created to promote healthy smiles across Tennessee during National Smile Month. The Tennessee Charitable Care Network encourages Tennesseans to care for their health by brushing their teeth in the morning, after meals, and at night before bed. Studies show that 20 percent of Tennessee adults, ages 18-64, have lost six or more teeth due to decay, infection or gum disease, which is two times the national median. “We are excited to launch Smile Power week in Tennessee,” said Philip Wenk, D.D.S., President and CEO, Delta Dental of Tennessee. “Tennessee’s charitable and reduced cost dental clinics provided more than 22,500 procedures in 2015 to Tennesseans who would have otherwise not received care. These clinics are doing an amazing job caring for those most in need. They are creating and restoring so many smiles. We know that the power of smiling can change lives and we are proud to partner with dental clinics to help their communities smile.”
A smile does more than show you’re happy – a smile can actually make you happy! Research shows that smiling when you’re stressed can help lower your heart rate and make you feel better sooner. Smiles that engage your eye and mouth muscles (called Duchenne smiles) have the most positive impact on your mood and physical health. Dental clinics across the state are helping restore smiles, which has a direct effect on a person’s personal, as well as professional, life.
Delta Dental of Tennessee’s Smile180 Foundation is committed to three tenants focused on improving Tennessee’s oral health. Smile180 partners with the state’s dental schools, providing the latest advancements in technology, training equipment, funding for student and intern housing and student scholarships. Smile180 supports dental clinics that serve the non or underinsured across the state, delivering patients much needed oral care and new smiles that enhance their quality of life; as well as the support of the state’s children’s hospitals ensuring children’s teeth are being cared for during their medical stays.
Delta Dental of Tennessee
Good oral health is essential to a healthy life and Delta Dental of Tennessee makes taking care of your smile easy with access to care, comprehensive benefits, exceptional service, and superior value. To best serve our mission and create more smiles, we created the Smile180 Foundation which supports Tennessee’s dental colleges, children’s hospitals, free and reduced cost community dental clinics, and other like-minded charities. Delta Dental is the largest independent dental benefits provider in the state, with more than 2,000 employer groups representing more than 1.1 million Tennesseans. To unleash your smile power, choose Delta Dental. Visit www.DeltaDentalTN.com.
The Tennessee Charitable Care Network (TCCN) has a mission to provide support, education, and representation for non-profit organizations that provide charitable health care services to low-income, uninsured, and underserved Tennesseans. Established in 2014, TCCN ensures that Tennessee’s charitable clinics are equipped to effectively respond to the health care needs of vulnerable populations now and into the future. Faced with common challenges, such as the changing healthcare landscape, limited financial resources, reliance on volunteers versus full-time staff, and a lack of training resources, key leaders within the state’s charitable clinics identified the need for a statewide membership association. TCCN was initiated by these leaders to provide a collective voice for charitable clinics, along with the resources and expertise needed to tackle shared challenges in an effective and efficient way. The leadership and collaboration provided by TCCN ensure that charitable clinics can successfully meet patient needs while navigating the changing environment, improving systems and quality, and developing services tailored to the unique needs and assets of each community.