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Kansas School Oral Health Screening Initiative

VISION:   Better Oral Health for All Kansas Children

The Bureau of Oral Health has implemented a statewide oral health screening program to satisfy The Kansas State Statute for Annual Dental Inspection (K.S.A.72-5201)

Dentists and dental hygienists in Kansas are providing dental screenings in their own local communities with school nurses sending the results home to parents and guardians.  Over a hundred thousand children from pre-K to Grade 12, are being screened annually across Kansas.  School nurses send the aggregated data to the Bureau of Oral Health and it is included in our annual reports.  School nurses express much appreciation and are thrilled the children are being screened; parents informed of obvious dental concerns; and children referred to dental professionals for obvious care needed.

If you are a dentist or dental hygienist and would like to volunteer to screen a local school, please email

If you are a school and would like to participate in school oral health screenings, please email

Notification of the dental screening can be done a number of ways. Here are a few examples but it is not all inclusive.

  1. Form can be sent home to each student (see example below)
  2. Email blast can be done notifying parent/guardian attaching form (see example below)
  3. Announcement can be made on your school district or school website stating the dental screenings will be conducted in compliance with Kansas State Statute 72-5201.  Please contact your school nurse if you wish to have your child opt out of the screening.
  4. Can be present in your student handbook that is available to all parents stating that during the school year Hearing, Vision, and Dental screenings will be conducted.  If you have any question or concerns please contact your school nurse.

Directions for Accessing the Online Calibration Course #1029736 |
Kansas Oral Health Screening Initiative Calibration/Training Course (#1029736)
Instructions To Submit Dental Screening Data |

Sumit Dental Screening Data


Screening Reports 2008-2009
The data collected was from a convenience sample (not randomized). This may not be representative of the overall population.

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Screening Program Sealant Data |
4 Year Screening Program Sealant Data |
Screening Program Treated Decay Data |
4 Year Screening Program Treated Decay Data |
Screening Program Untreated Decay Data |
4 Year Screening Program Untreated Decay Data |
Screening Program Urgent Care Data |
4 Year Screening Program Urgent Care Data |