Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed legislation last week that specifies the requirement of a dental exam when registering for kindergarten or first school. If they have not had a dental examination, the local health department or a comparable institution will do a dental screening.
Whitmer issued a statement following the bill signing.
“These bills will prioritize the health and safety of our children by testing dental health at a young age,” the governor added.
“Since taking office, we have increased access to and reduced the cost of health care.” Let us continue to collaborate to ensure that every child in Michigan is safe, healthy, and has a great future.”
State Senator Sam Singh (D-East Lansing) proposed Senate Bill 280, which would mandate children in kindergarten or first grade to have a dental examination. Through the State of Michigan and Delta Dental, the initiative will assist children in receiving a dental screening if they have not previously received one.
This program will assist around 112,000 children.
“When we talk about our children’s health and development, we frequently overlook dental health.” “All families require access to care to ensure that their children remain healthy and successful,” stated state Senator Sam Singh (D-East Lansing).
“Today, I’m pleased to see that the Governor has signed Senate Bill 280, which requires a dental check for children entering kindergarten or first grade, into law.” It’s a smart step toward guaranteeing our children’s safety as they embark on their educational journey.”
“Requiring dental assessments for kindergartners will help tens of thousands of children across Michigan and increase access to dental health care,” said Holli Seabury, EdD, executive director of the Delta Dental Foundation (DDF).
“This important law will help improve kids’ health and set them up for success in school and beyond.”
The most frequent chronic pediatric ailment, according to the CDC, is tooth decay.