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5 Steps You Need to Take for Your Child’s School Dental Exams

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Is your child required by their school to have a dental examination? If so, completing this requirement is easier than you may think! Just follow these 5 easy steps to make sure your child is starting their school year off right.

Step 1. Find out if your child is required to submit a form for the School Dental Exam Requirement.

Your child will need to submit a form for the school dental exams if they are in kindergarten, 2nd grade, or 6th grade. This includes all students attending school in Illinois—including private, public, or parochial school students.

Step 2. Determine which form your child will need to submit.

If you meet the requirement, you will need to submit one of two forms. Here’s how to know which you need…

  • Option 1: Proof of School Dental Examination Form. Your child will likely need to submit this form if they meet the above age criteria. This form demonstrates that your child has met their school dental exams requirement.
  • Option 2: Dental Examination Waiver Form. This form is intended to prevent children from experiencing undue stress as a result of this requirement. Therefore, if your child meets any of the following criteria, they may be exempt from this dental exam requirement, and therefore can fill out this waiver form:
    • They are not covered by private or public health insurance (such as Medicaid/All Kids) AND they are enrolled in the free and reduced lunch program.
    • They are ineligible for a private or public dental insurance AND they are enrolled in the free and reduced lunch program.
    • They do not have dental insurance and there is no access to a low-cost dental facility in the area.
    • They are enrolled in the Medicaid/All Kids dental insurance program, but there are no dental clinics in the area that accept their insurance.

    Step 3. Schedule your dentist appointment.

    Now you just need to schedule a dentist appointment with a licensed dentist. (We can help you here! Call Advanced Family Dental & Orthodontics today to schedule your appointment.)

    According to these requirements, the appointment should be scheduled within the 18 months before the May 15th deadline. If this is not possible, be sure to schedule your child’s next appointment within 60 days of this deadline and submit proof to the school of this upcoming check-up.

    Step 4. Print out the correct form and have your dentist fill it out!

    You can find both of the up-to-date forms listed in Step 2 online. Head to the Illinois Department of Public Health website or the Illinois State Board of Education website to find them! If you are submitting the Proof of School Dental Examination form, simply bring it to your appointment and have it completed by your dentist. If you’re submitting the waiver, you can fill this out on your own.

    Step 5. Submit the form by May 15th!

    Once your designated form is complete, submit it to the school by May 15th. If you’re submitting proof that your appointment has been booked within 60 days of this deadline, be sure to fill out the correct form by the next school year. If you do not meet this deadline, your school may withhold your child’s report card until the requirement is fulfilled. Also, if you cannot complete either of these forms for religious reasons, you can find more information about your exemption on the Illinois State Board of Education website.

    To schedule your child’s back-to-school check-up, call Advanced Family Dental & Orthodontics today!

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