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District of Columbia Introduces a Pediatric Dental Screening Bill

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On December 6, Councilmembers Anita Bonds (D-DC), Yvette Alexander (D-DC), and David Grosso (I-DC) introduced legislation, titled the “Comprehensive Pediatric Dental Screening and Education Act of 2013.” The proposed legislation requires the Chancellor of the District of Columbia Public Schools and the Department of Health to implement a community health program for dental health education, screening and treatment referrals in the District of Columbia Public Schools and Public Charter Schools for children who are considered to be at medium risk or high risk of dental disease.