Kindergarten Oral Health Requirement

Lack of access to dental care is a problem for many California children. Children in pain are unable to concentrate and learn in school. The kindergarten dental checkup requirement, AB 1433 signed into law in 2005, is one way schools can help children stay healthy – by helping parents establish a dental home for their children ensuring they have access to needed services.

Though a reorganization of categorical program funding has made the program optional, the California Department of Education (CDE) continues to allocate funding to support implementation of the law. Funds can be used for notifying parents and legal guardians of the oral health screening requirements. Find out how much your district has been allocated to support AB 1433 activities.

Schools can find resources on this website or by visiting the CDE.

With assistance from the California Dental Association, the San Joaquin County Office of Education (SJCOE) offers FREE ACCESS to the System for California Oral Health Reporting (SCOHR), the online, statewide system of data collection. If your school, district or COE is interested in participating, please contact the SJCOE at or call 866.762.9170. Visit

SCOHR offers two methods by which data can be entered. The “complete method” tracks all data from the Oral Assessment Request Forms. Data is entered at the school site level to protect confidentiality of records. SCOHR tracks the status of all Oral Assessment Request Forms at the school level; information on when the form was generated and/or sent, when it was returned signed, whether it is pending, etc. Schools are able to input, manage, and track electronic Oral Assessment Request Forms and all oral health assessment data; bulk upload data to pre-fill the Oral Assessment Request Forms; print pre-filled Oral Assessment Request Forms (individually or in-bulk); and export all data into a standardized format. At the district and county levels, SCOHR provides a report generator capable of running real-time/ad-hoc, custom reports based on all the fields in the system (i.e. school, district, ethnicity, visible caries, treatment urgency, etc.)

The second option requires districts to enter aggregated totals (by school) into the system either by hand or uploaded in bulk. This option limits the ability to generate various reports at the district and county level because only the state required data is entered:

  • The total number of pupils who are subject to the requirement
  • The total number who presented proof of an assessment
  • The number who could not complete an assessment due to financial burden
  • The number who could not complete an assessment due to lack of access to a licensed dental professional
  • The number who could not complete an assessment because of lack of parental consent
  • The number who are assessed and found to have untreated decay
  • The number who did not return either the assessment form or the waiver request to the school

More on AB 1433

Information for Dental Professionals

Information for Parents and Guardians

Information for Schools

Information for Clinics


Gayle Mathe, RDH  
Community Programs Director

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Sample Campaign Materials

CDA, in partnership with ADA, created the AB 1433 media campaign to raise awareness of the requirement and assist parents in finding dental care for their children. Samples of the campaign materials are below.

30 second TV PSA
60 second radio PSA
Interior bus sign (English/Spanish)
15 second radio spot (English)
30 second radio spot (Spanish)