Dental screenings required for Kentucky school children

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - As you focus on your back to school checklist, don't forget about the issues related to your child's health and well being.

You may not be aware of it, but there is a law on the books in Kentucky that will require you to take your child to the dentist, and prove it. You will need to submit to your child's school a screening examination form before January of 2012 if your child is entering school for the first time this year. It's a regulation that lawmakers and health experts say will improve the health and lives of Kentucky's adults and children.

"Dental disease is a significant problem in Kentucky for adults and for children. We hear in the news periodically children that die from dental infections. Adults have serious problems from dental and gum problems. It can cause pregnant women to have spontaneous abortions or premature labor," according to Dr. Ann Greenwell a U of L Pediatric Dentist.

The University of Louisville is holding free screenings for children to comply with those back to school requirements.

"So this screening is an effort that the legislature has made to help nip it in the bud if you will so that we can be looking at the children as they enter school to address these problems that are coming up," says Dr. Greenwell.

Again the screenings are free, but you do have to make an appointment. Call this number ( 502) 852 - 5642 to schedule an appointment at U of L's Pediatric Dental Clinic

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