New law requires dental exams for students entering 9th grade

New law requires dental exams for students entering 9th grade. (WRSP)

A new law will require kids entering ninth-grade to take a trip to the dentist.

Gov. Bruce Rauner signed the measure Monday.

Right now, the state requires kids to get dental exams before starting kindergarten, second grade and sixth grade.

Now, kids will need to see their dentist before starting high school as well.

While dentists think it’ll ultimately help kids keep up with good oral hygiene, some wonder if the law is really necessary.

“It shouldn’t have to be a law,” said Dr. Albert Capati, a dentist at Capati Dental in Springfield. “People should care enough about their children’s dental health to take them to the dentist anyway.”

This law goes into effect on Jan. 1, 2019, meaning it doesn’t apply to students starting school this year.

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