Lack of access to dental care is a problem for many California children. Dental disease is one of the most common reasons for school absences, and make it hard for children to concentrate and learn. The kindergarten dental checkup requirement, AB 1433, signed into law in 2005, helps schools identify children suffering from untreated dental disease and helps parents establish a dental home for their children.
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AB 1433 funding is included in categorical program funding schools receive through the Local Control Funding Formula. Schools are urged to include AB1433 activities when developing their Local Control and Accountability Plans. In particular, these funds can be used to notify parents and legal guardians of the oral health assessment requirements and support data reporting.
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.
Gayle Mathe, RDH
Director, Community Health Policy and Programs