Iowa law requires that all students entering kindergarten and 9th grade have a dental screening. The purpose of the dental screening requirement is to improve the oral health of Iowa's children. Dental screenings help with early detection and treatment of dental disease; promote the importance of oral health for school readiness and learning; and contribute to statewide surveillance of oral health.
Kindergarteners must have had a dental screen sometime between the ages of 3 and 6 years, and must be completed by spring of their kindergarten year. The screening must be completed by a dentist, dental hygienist, physician, nurse practitioner, physician assistant, or a nurse trained in doing oral screenings.
9th graders must have had the dental screen done by a dentist or dental hygienist, and done sometime between the beginning of 8th grade and spring of their 9th grade year.
The health professional doing the dental screen must complete the dental certificate of dental screening. Please return the completed certificate to your child's school office.
If families do not have dental insurance coverage or cannot pay for dental care, parents should contact Johnson County Public Health I-Smiles Coordinator at 319-356-6045