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"The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) encour­ages policy makers, public health and education officials, and the dental community to recognize that poor oral health can affect a child’s ability to learn. An oral examination prior to matricula­tion into school could improve school readiness by providing a timely opportunity for diagnosis and treatment of oral condi­tions."

The above quote is from the AAPD’s Policy on Mandatory School-entrance Oral Health Examinations.

Unfortunately, only a handful of states to date have adopted such legislation.

AAPD’s Policy on Mandatory School-entrance Oral Health Examinations

AAPD’s Policy on Oral Health Care Programs for Infants, Children, and Adolescents

 

Resources on State Legislation

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