Monday, November 2, 2015

State Laws on Dental “Screening” for School-Aged Children

How are schools obtaining dental information for the CEDS data base?

"According to the Council of State Governments, in 2007 state lawmakers adopted nearly 70 bills on the topic of oral health.iii Included among these measures are state laws that require parents to provide certification of an oral health assessment as a condition of school entry (California) and require evidence of a dental screening prior to elementary school and high school (Iowa). A third state (New York) approved a requirement in 2007 that schools request a dental health certificate upon a student’s entrance into school or upon entry into K, 2nd, 4th, 7th, and 10th grades. In April 2008, Kentucky’s Governor signed legislation to require student dental health certificates. These new laws add to the group of laws adopted by states as far back as 1915 (Kansas) and 1945 (Pennsylvania). More recent laws adopted over the last two decades include those in Georgia, Illinois, Nebraska, Oregon, Rhode Island, and the District of Columbia. Overall, about a quarter of the states (12) now [as of 2008] have some requirement for a dental certificate for school-aged children."

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