It’s back-to-school season in Sacramento County
August 4, 2021
Healthy teeth not only help children eat, speak and sleep better, but also do better in school. As the start of the school year approaches, the Sacramento County Oral Health Program encourages parents and caregivers to make their children’s dental exams a priority. This is especially true for children entering kindergarten. California requires all children to take a comprehensive oral exam when they are ready to enter public school. The Kindergarten Oral Health Assessment helps schools identify children with untreated dental disease.
“Visiting the dentist before school starts should be at the top of every family’s back-to-school checklist, along with medical examinations, vaccinations and school supplies,” said Dr Olivia Kasirye, Sacramento County Health Officer. âRegular dental check-ups allow dentists to identify dental problems early and allow children to receive preventative treatments, such as sealants and fluoride.
Cavities, which are largely preventable, remain the most common chronic childhood disease. In the Sacramento area, more than 46 percent of students have had tooth decay in third grade. To help solve the problem, the Sacramento County Oral Health Program is partnering with Smile, Calif., The Medi-Cal Dental Program campaign to help Medi-Cal members use their dental benefits, and the California Department of Public Health’s oral health office, in a statewide Back-Tooth-School effort to raise awareness of the importance of children’s dental health. Visit the Sacramento Oral Health Program for educational resources, including a list of dental agencies that accept Medi-Cal. To download Back-Tooth-School resources, including information flyers, videos, fact sheets, presentations, and social media images, visit Oral health and school readiness page to SmileCalifornia.org and SonrieCalifornia.org.