In Zagreb, on 1 March 2017, at the Teaching Institute of Public Health “Dr. Andrija Štampar”, an expert meeting was held during which was presented “Dental passport”, a unique form of dental status obtained when enrolling the first grade.
Head of Youth and Adolescent Health Care at the Teaching Institute of Public Health “Dr. Andrija Štampar”, Marina Kuzman, MD, opened the meeting with the introductory welcome speech. Director of Croatian Institute of Public Health, Krunoslav Capak, MD, PhD, welcomed all attendants, emphasizing the importance of the project in improving the oral health and its implementation at the national level. Zvonimir Šostar, MD, Director of the Teaching Institute of Public Health “Dr. Andrija Štampar”, praised all activities aimed at reducing caries, given that Croatia is one of the countries with very high DMFT Index, and all attendants were also welcomed by the President of the National Committee for Dental Medicine at the Ministry of Health, Anka Kvesić Jurišić, PhD and Prof. Hrvoje Jurić, PhD, President of the Working Group for the Prevention and Promotion of Oral Health.
All present were welcomed by Ivana Krupić, MD, on behalf of the President of the Croatian Dental Chamber, Hrvoje Pezo, MSc, stressing the need for the implementation and promotion of activities aimed at maintaining oral health. From the Department of Health at the City of Zagreb, Jadranka Jakić Petrak, MD, PhD, praised the progress in promoting oral health. The “Dental passport” project was presented by Ivana Pavić Šimetin, MD, PhD, Deputy Director of the Croatian Institute of Public Health, while Marijana Radić Vuleta, MSc, presented the form of the new dental status.
Unique form of dental status, the “Dental passport”, is a project implemented by the Ministry of Health, Croatian Institute of Public Health, Public Health Institutes of Sisak-Moslavina County, Vukovar-Srijem County, Split-Dalmatia County, Primorje-Gorski Kotar County and the City of Zagreb, and Croatian Health Insurance Fund in cooperation with the Croatian Dental Chamber.
In the spring of this year, school medicine begins with the regular systematic examinations of first graders before starting school, whose integral part is also a dentist’s examination. Before starting school, it is necessary to bring a dentist’s confirmation at the systematic examination, however the content and form of these confirmations vary throughout Croatia. The need to standardize this document arose and a form called the “Dental passport“ was therefore created.
The goal of the project is to improve the oral health of children before entering the first grade of primary school in order that the examination does not consist only of issuing the dentist’s certificate. A large number of children comes for dental examination for the first time when enrolling the primary school. This examination now, via “Dental passport”, becomes an opportunity for parents and children to get acquainted with the dentist, to make arrangements for the control examination and to acquire the habit of regular visits to the dentist.