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Under Illinois law, children entering kindergarten, second, and sixth grades are required to have a dental examination completed by May 15th of that school year. Otherwise, parents must present proof to the school that an exam is scheduled within 60 days after May 15th.
Dental examinations are needed during second and sixth grades because the back teeth (molars) usually erupt during this time. An examination provides the opportunity to apply dental sealants to these teeth to help prevent future cavities.
The law affects all types of schools. No exceptions or waivers are permitted to private or parochial schools. A waiver is permitted, however, if the parent or guardian can show an undue burden or a lack of access to a dentist. Schools may withhold the second and sixth grade children’s report cards if parents fail to provide proof of examination or a waiver form by May 15th.
The Illinois Department of Public Health has developed a Proof of School Dental Examination Form that is recommended for use by dentists when they report that the examination has been completed. A PDF version of the form is available at the Illinois Department of Public Health website at http://www.idph.state.il.us/HealthWellness/oralhlth/home.htm or on the Illinois State Dental Society’s website at http://www.isds.org/newsroom/articles/DentExam.pdf
An examination that was completed anytime within the 18 months prior to the May 15th deadline is acceptable. For example, a child that had a dental examination after October 16th of their first grade year may use that examination to comply with the second grade requirement.
February is American Heart Month. It's a good time to remind ourselves about the connection between oral health and heart health.
According to the Academy of General Dentistry, people with chronic gum disease are at higher risk for a heart attack. Gum disease is caused by plaque buildup along and below the gum line. Some researchers have suggested that gum disease may contribute to heart disease because bacteria from infected gums can dislodge, enter the bloodstream, attach to blood vessels and increase clot formation. Clots decrease blood flow to the heart, thereby causing an elevation in blood pressure and increasing the risk of a heart attack.
Warning signs that you may have gum disease include:
• Red, tender or swollen gums
• Bleeding gums while brushing or flossing
• Gums that seem to be pulling away from your teeth
• Chronic bad breath ora bad taste in your mouth
• Teeth that are loose or separating from each other
The best way to be proactive in maintaining your overall health is regular brushing and flossing, scheduling regular dental checkups, and getting professional cleanings. If you currently have heart disease, please be sure to tell us about your condition as well as any medications you are taking. We can help patients who have a history of heart disease by examining them for any signs of oral pain, infection or inflammation.
Be sure to keep your toothbrush away from the toilet. The airborne particles from the flush can travel up to a distance of six feet!
Help the Vicitms of the Illinois Tornadoes!
As everybody knows, at least 14 tornadoes tore throughout Illinois on Sunday. There were millions of people in the path of this system, most were spared. The tornadoes left a path of damage and destruction. For those of us who were fortunate enough to avoid damage, it's time to help out our neighbors who were not. We're putting together a supply drive and will be delivering items this weekend.
We're being told that the main things needed at this time are plastic bins, household cleaning supplies and personal toiletries. We've set up a couple of collection points in North Aurora.
Items can be dropped off at the following locations:
- North Aurora Police Department, 200 S. Lincolnway (Rt. 31), between 7am and 10pm
- Fox Valley Physician Services, 23 N. Lincolnway, between 8am and 5:30pm
- North Aurora Smiles, 1133 Oak Street, between 8am and 5pm.
We'll be collecting items until 5:00 on Friday afternoon and then preparing them for delivery over the weekend.
Please help us pass the word around and help out some neighbors in need. For questions or information, please contact Chris Faber at 630-551-8683 or visit www.christopherfaber.com.
November 1st is the inaugural National Brush Day, launched to reduce the number of children suffering from oral disease. Parents are urged to make sure children brush their teeth for two minutes, twice a day. Visit here for more information: http://www.aapd.org/inaugural_national_brush_day™_encourages_parents_to_keep_kids_mouths_healthy_by_brushing_for_two_minutes_twice_a_day/