Kindergarten Oral Health Assessments - Requirement for 2024/2025 School Year

Beginning in the 2024-2025 school year, all children in Michigan enrolling into their first year of school are required to have an oral health assessment (dental screening). This is based on Public Act 316 of 2023. Students will benefit from having a dental assessment because it will identify those who may have issues requiring dental care and connect them to that care.

The new law includes the requirement that MDHHS establish and maintain a dental oral health assessment program in each area of the state served by a local health department. To accomplish this, MDHHS is funding local health departments to conduct the assessments. The program is being implemented in a phased approach with a goal for full implementation across all 45 local health departments in Michigan by 2025.

Sanilac County Health Department is partnering with MCDC (My Community Dental Center) to provide this service within Sanilac County to those that are in need. More information will be provided in the near future.

The assessment should be done prior to starting school but not earlier than 6 months before the start of school.