In 2005, the California legislature passed AB 1433, which is a kindergarten dental check up requirement. The California Department of Education has allocated funding to support the implementation of this law. With the assistance of the California Dental Association, free access to kindergarten has been offered to ensure that children with dental needs are provided with the basic care. Cause studies have established that children with pain are unable to concentrate and learn in school.
The legislation requires that children have a dental check up by May 31 of their first year in public school at kindergarten or first grade. Those who have had dental exams within 12 months of the school entry date are considered in compliance with the law. The ultimate goal of the program is to establish regular dental care for every child. The program will also identify which children need further examination and figure out what obstacles preventing them for further care.