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In 2005, the California Dental Association sponsored landmark legislation requiring oral health assessments for children entering public school for the first time (at kindergarten or first grade). The ultimate goal of this program is to establish a dental home for each child. The program identifies children who need further examination and dental treatment, and identifies barriers to receiving care. Safety net dental clinics serve a large portion of the pediatric oral health needs in California and play an important role in the success of this program.
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 available here.
You play a critical role in ensuring the success of this program! The assessment, or evaluation, can be met in many ways. It can be a complete examination and treatment plan performed by a dentist, or it can be a more basic oral health evaluation, such as a screening, which can be performed by a dentist, hygienist or an extended function registered dental assistant with supervision.