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"Make Your Smile Count!" Oral Health Screening

The statewide oral health screening of 3rd grade students is now underway!   With parental consent, thousands of children in selected schools in each Ohio county are having their teeth checked by licensed dentists or dental hygienists for cavities, fillings, dental sealants and the need for dental care.  Results of the screening are noted on a letter for each child to take home.  Each child receives a free toothbrush for participating.  The Ohio Department of Health greatly appreciates the wonderful support from principals, teachers and school nurses who are helping us with this project!

Parents, please remember that every 3rd grade student in each selected school should be screened, even those who see a dentist regularly, so that the information collected truly reflects the dental health of all children in your county and in the state.  Click here for a one-page fact sheet about the screening.

Watch a 2-minute video that shows how the screening is done:

For PC users with Windows:

videoVideo for students, parents and teachers

For Mac users with QuikTime:

video Video for students, parents and teachers 

More than 200 schools participated in the dental screening in 2013-14, and a similar number are participating during the 2014-15 school year.  Click on the map to find out which counties are participating during which year.  In seven counties, the screening will occur during both school years, given the large number of schools and/or students participating in those counties.   

Statewide oral health screenings have been periodically conducted by the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) for more than 20 years.  This information helps the ODH track the oral health of Ohio's children, measure the impact of dental disease prevention efforts and target resources in Ohio schools.  Data from the most recent screening conducted during the 2009-10 school year are in the report, Oral Health Isn't Optional! A Report on the Oral Health of Ohioans and Their Access to Dental Care, 2011.

Please contact the Oral Health program at (614)466-4180 or via e-mail at if you have questions.

Last Updated: 2/9/15

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