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"Make Your Smile Count!" Oral Health Screening

The statewide oral health screening of third grade students is now completed!  With parental consent, more than 17,000 children in selected schools in each Ohio county had their teeth checked during the past two school years.  Children were checked for cavities, fillings, dental sealants and the need for dental care.  The Ohio Department of Health greatly appreciates the wonderful support from principals, teachers and school nurses who helped us with this project!

Watch a two-minute video that explains the purpose of the project and shows how the screening was done:

For PC users with Windows:

videoVideo for students, parents and teachers

For Mac users with QuikTime:

video Video for students, parents and teachers 


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.  A report about the latest screening will be available in 2016.

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

Last Updated: 6/18/15

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