One of the activities that should contribute to successful implementation of the plan for the promotion and protection of oral health is the development of a unique form of dental status called “Dental passport”. The goal of the project is to improve the oral health of children before they enter the first grade of primary school, so that dental inspection is not limited to issuing the so-called “dentist confirmation certificate”. Although at the enrolment to primary school, it is necessary to present a dentist confirmation certificate to a general medicine practitioner during a systematic examination, so far there has been no single form recording the dentist’s inspection for the purpose of primary school enrolment; in most cases certificates of various topics and shapes have been used. Children often came to their first dental inspection for the purpose of primary school enrolment and because of the certificate they had to obtain for that purpose. Dental passport will enable parents, children and dentists to get to know each other better and arrange a following dental inspection, and finally, to create a habit of regular visits with the aim of oral health preservation.
Pilot project “Dental passport” started in 6th grades of elementary school in the Split-Dalmatia and Primorje-Gorski Kotar County in September of the school year 2016/2017, when students, together with the call for vaccination against hepatitis B, were also given a dental form that they needed for a dental inspection. After review, a parent, guardian or child upon arriving at the school doctor’s office for vaccination against hepatitis B (the first or one of the following doses of vaccine), bring with them a completed dental form.
Since the spring of this year, the inspection will also include the generation of first graders who, at arriving for a systematic examination at their school doctor’s office before starting school, must also bring a dentist’s confirmation. The project includes another three counties: Sisak-Moslavina County, Vukovar-Srijem County and the City of Zagreb.
The project is implemented by the Ministry of Health, Croatian Institute of Public Health (CIPH), Croatian Health Insurance Fund, Public Health Institutes of Sisak-Moslavina County, Vukovar-Srijem County, Teaching Institute of Public Health of Split-Dalmatia County, Primorje-Gorski Kotar County and the City of Zagreb “Dr. Andrija Štampar”, Department of Health of the City of Zagreb, in cooperation with the Croatian Dental Chamber.
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