Introduced by Rep. Brenda Clack (D) on January 30, 2007, to prohibit a child from starting kindergarten unless the parent provides proof that the child has had a dental exam since age three, and require a dentist giving the exam to provide proof in the form of a certificate.
Referred to the House Education Committee on January 30, 2007.
Reported in the House on March 6, 2007, with the recommendation that the bill be referred to the Committee on Health Policy.
Referred to the House Health Policy Committee on March 6, 2007.
First Dental Exam by Anonymous on May 15, 2007 It is recommended at age 3 due to the fact that usually all the baby teeth are in and can be checked. Many dental professionals would like to see the child prior to this age, more like 2 years old. This is not a "typical" cleaning appointment if the child is not ready. Doing a visual exam can give parents pointers on how to care for their child's teeth and avoid some major problems before they develop. My kids were seen at 18 months, but I was their "Mom" and have been checking their teeth daily since they came in. This is the exception to the rule.
let's be realistic for a moment. by Anonymous Citizen on March 27, 2007 I don't thik that there is any one that can deny that dental health is important for our children. Why not offer a free dental screening to those entering school? To say a child at 3yrs. MUST see a dentist is just too harsh. Many children are just not developmentally ready. Is 3yrs. old the RECOMMENDED age by the ADA; or the REQUIRED?
I think this will increase attendance in school throughout by Anonymous Citizen on March 18, 2007 a child's academic career. I say go for it.