Tooth decay is the most common chronic condition among school-aged children, but it is also the easiest to detect and treat when caught early. In Illinois, state laws require dental screenings for those entering kindergarten, 2nd grade, and 6th grade in an effort to curb the instances of childhood tooth decay and cavities. This oral health examination is required for public, private, and parochial schools across the state no matter what type of dental insurance you may have.
Illinois is not the only state to implement these requirements for children. In fact, about a quarter of the US has adopted similar or identical laws requiring school-aged children receive dental exams, including New York, California, Iowa, Oregon, Rhode Island, Georgia, Nebraska, and the District of Columbia. At All Star Dental, we believe it is essential for children to have dental exams in order to prevent further health issues either related or not related to oral health. We’re here to provide families of all backgrounds and economic standings with the best oral healthcare in the greater Chicagoland area. Our five Chicago area dental offices proudly accept a variety of payment methods, including: Medicaid, PPO dental insurance, CareCredit and pay-as-you-go payment option plans.
During a routine dental screening in Illinois, All Star Dental will first provide comprehensive x-ray services. X-rays are an integral part to maintaining oral health as it helps our doctors keep an eye on any abnormalities with your child’s teeth and jaw bone as well as helps us detect dental decay. Other services we provide at back-to-school dental exams include dental cleaning, dental sealants, dental fillings, gum disease treatments and tooth extraction.
With an estimated 40% of children experiencing tooth decay symptoms, our goal is to ensure Chicago area kids are happy and healthy before heading back to school. Just as immunizations are required before your child goes to school, these required dental exams help project your child. Schedule your child’s back-to-school exam today with All Star Dental! You’ll be greeted with caring, professional, and experienced dental hygienists and your child will be able to play with our communal toys in the waiting room while you get to sit back, relax and know that your child is in good hands. Feel free to print out this online form regarding Proof of School Dental Examination before you come into the office as well.