A great testament to the importance of overall dental health occurred this week when the state of Kentucky joined 9 other states who have a law requiring students to get a dental exam before entering public school. I've spoken quite often of the importance of good dental health, and Kentucky lawmakers are trying to do the same. The main question I have is, why are there only 10 states with this law?
"A primary goal of the bill is to establish a 'dental home' for continued dental care for thousands of Kentucky children entering school, instead of simply continuing what many times ends up to be crisis care, and also to break the continuing cycle of poor oral health, which now places Kentucky as the worst state in the union in their effort to address this epidemic," Dr. John A. Thompson, editor for KDA publications, told the ADA News.
What do you think? Does this law go over board, or is it right on par with how things should be?