Baby teeth are very important. They are not just teeth that will fall out. Children need their teeth to eat properly, talk, smile, and feel good about themselves. Children with cavities may have difficulty eating, stop smiling, and have problems paying attention and learning at school. Tooth decay is an infection that does not heal and can be painful if left without treatment. If cavities are not treated, children can become sick enough to require emergency room treatment, and their adult teeth may be permanently damaged. Many things influence a child’s progress and success in school, including health. Children must be healthy to learn, and children with cavities are not healthy. Cavities are preventable, but they affect more children than any other chronic disease.To make sure your child is ready for school, California law requires that he/she undergo a dental assessment before May 31st of his/her first year in public school (usually kindergarten). The assessment must be done by a licensed dentist or other licensed or registered dental health professional.Please print out the form below and have it completed by your dental professional following the exam. The completed form should be submitted to your school office. If your child has had a dental exam within 12 months of beginning school, you may submit the form to your dental professional for completion using information from that exam.