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Phipps K. 2004. Colorado oral health survey: 2003-2004 school year–Preliminary results. [Jefferson City, MO: Association of State and Territorial Dental Directors], 32 pp.

Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, Oral Health Unit
4300 Cherry Creek Drive, South, PSD-OH-A4
Denver, CO 80246-1530

Telephone: (303) 692-2000
Secondary Telephone: (303) 691-9307
Fax: (800) 423-1108
E-mail: cdphe.psdrequests@state.co.us
Website: http://www.cdphe.state.co.us/pp/oralhealth/OralHealth.html
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This report provides information from a statewide oral health survey of kindergarten and third-grade children enrolled in Colorado's public elementary schools. The survey was conducted by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment during the 2003–2004 school year. Survey topics include (1) demographics such as age, gender, race, and ethnicity; (2) dental caries experience; (3) untreated decay; and (4) treatment urgency. The report includes a summary of key findings, a discussion of the methods, and the results.

Keywords: Oral health, School age children, Kindergarten, Health status, Elementary schools, Population surveillance, State surveys, Colorado, Statistical data

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Dental Health Foundation. 2006. "Mommy, it hurts to chew:" The California Smile Survey—An oral health assessment of California's kindergarten and 3rd grade children. [Oakland, CA]: Dental Health Foundation, 28 pp.

Center for Oral Health
309 East Second Street
Pomona, CA 91766-1854

Telephone: (909) 469-8300
Secondary Telephone: (909) 256-7005
Fax: (510) 380-6637
Website: http://www.centerfororalhealth.org
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This brief presents findings of an oral health screening of children in 186 elementary schools in California conducted in 2005. The brief describes the methods used in the screenings, key findings, and recommendations on developing a broadbased approach for reducing the impact of oral disease on children and their families. The recommendations section describes issues and suggests actions in the areas of developing a comprehensive oral health surveillance system, eliminating barriers to care, and preventing tooth decay.

Keywords: Oral health, School age children, Kindergarten, Elementary schools, Health screening, Access to health care, Population surveillance, State surveys, California, Statistical data, Children

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Virginia Department of Health, Division of Dental Health. 2008. Curriculum resources for schools. Richmond, VA: Virginia Department of Health, Division of Dental Health, (Saving Smiles series).

Virginia Department of Health, Division of Dental Health
109 Governor Street, Eighth Floor
Richmond, VA 23219

Telephone: (804) 864-7775
Fax: (804) 864-7783
Website: http://www.vdh.virginia.gov/ofhs/childandfamily/dental
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This resource is designed to help school personnel meet Virginia Health Education Standards of Learning by integrating oral health into the public school health-education curriculum. The resources include curricula for educating students in kindergarten through 5th grade (Healthy Mouth, Healthy Body), and those in 6th through 10th grades (Give Teens Something to Smile About), about the impact of health behaviors on oral health and overall health. Supplemental resources such as presentations for students in 6th through 10th grades and activity sheets for the classroom are included.

Keywords: Oral health, School age children, School health education, Kindergarten, Elementary schools, Middle schools, Curricula, State programs, Virginia

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Funk B, Gessner BD, eds. 2010. High prevalence of early childhood caries, Alaska, 2005 and 2007. Juneau, AK: Alaska Department of Health and Social Services, 1 p, (State of Alaska Epidemiology Bulletin no. 4).

Alaska Department of Health and Social Services
350 Main Street, Room 404 P.O. Box 110601
Juneau, AK 99811-0601

Telephone: (907) 465-3030
Fax: (907) 465-3068
Website: http://dhss.alaska.gov/Pages/default.aspx
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This bulletin presents findings from oral health screenings of students in kindergarten and children enrolled in Head Start in Alaska. The report is based on screenings conducted by dentists using the Basic Screening Survey protocol to collect observational data on dental caries. Contents include background information on dental caries, screening methods and results, and recommendations. Data on the prevalence of caries experience and untreated caries by Medicaid and Alaska Native status are also presented.

Keywords: Oral health, Head Start, Screening, Young children, Early childhood caries, Kindergarten, Prevalence, Alaska

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California Dental Association. 2011. Kindergarten oral health requirement (upd. ed.). Sacramento, CA: California Dental Association.

California Dental Association
1201 K Street, 14th Floor
Sacramento, CA 95814

Telephone: (800) 232-7645
E-mail: contactcda@cda.org
Website: http://www.cda.org
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This resource provides information on state legislation that requires an oral health assessment for children entering public school for the first time (at kindergarten or first grade). It contains information about the Kindergarten Dental Checkup Campaign, information for specific audiences (oral health professionals, parents and guardians, schools, and clinics), materials for children’s oral health, and information about finding oral health care. State-required assessment forms (parent letter and waiver) are also available in English, Arabic, Armenian, Chinese, German, Hmong, Japanese, Khmer (Cambodian) Korean, Portuguese, Punjabi, Russian, Spanish, Tagalog, and Vietnamese.

Keywords: Oral health, School age children, Kindergarten, Elementary schools, Public schools, Health screening, Dental care, School readiness, State legislation, Media campaigns, California, Forms, Non English language materials, Spanish language materials

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Phipps K. 2012. Every smile counts: The oral health of Connecticut's children [upd. ed.]. Hartford, CT: Connecticut Department of Public Health, Office of Oral Health, 33 pp.

Connecticut Department of Public Health, Office of Oral Health
P.O. Box 340308
Hartford, CT 06134-0308

Telephone: (860) 509-7382
Fax: (860) 509-7853
E-mail: linda.ferraro@ct.gov
Website: http://www.ct.gov/dph/cwp/view.asp?a=3125&q=388844&dphNav_GID=1601
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This report presents findings from an oral health screening survey of children enrolled in Head Start and students in kindergarten and third grade in Connecticut. Contents include information on the importance of oral health, key findings and strategies, survey methods, and data tables. Data are compared to national averages. Topics include tooth decay experience, untreated decay, rampant decay, need for care, and dental sealants.

Keywords: Oral health, Young children, School age children, Head Start, Kindergarten, Elementary schools, Screening, Health status, Population surveillance, State surveys, Connecticut, Statistical data

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Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, Oral Health Program. n.d.. K-12 oral health education curriculum (Powerpoint presentations). Jefferson City, MO: Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, Oral Health Program, multiple items.

Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, Oral Health Program
P.O. Box 570
Jefferson City, MO 65102-0570

Telephone: (573) 751-6400
Fax: (573) 751-6010
E-mail: info@health.mo.gov
Website: http://health.mo.gov/living/families/oralhealth/index.php
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This resource comprises oral health presentations for teachers, school nurses, and other health and education professionals to use in conjunction with Missouri's health-education curriculum. Contents include presentations (in English and Spanish) for use with students in kindergarten through 12th grade. A version targeted toward Native-American students is also available.

Keywords: Oral health, School age children, Kindergarten, Elementary schools, Secondary schools, Children, Adolescents, Curricula, School health education, Missouri, Spanish language materials, American Indians

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