LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- As parents complete their back-to-school lists, they need to remember health checks for their children.

Southern Indiana students will be back in the classroom as early as July 30, and Jefferson County Public School students will return Aug. 13. These exams are required for new and returning students. Kentucky law requires all children entering kindergarten receive a dental screening.

The U of L School of Dentistry is offering free screenings to incoming kindergarten students. Parents can call 502-852-5312 to make an appointment. Older children can also make appointments, but there will be a charge. CLICK HERE for more info.

CLICK HERE for the Kentucky Law Dental Screening and Exam Form.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention statistics indicate tooth decay affects children in the United States more than any other chronic infectious disease.

Dental pain or disease can lead to difficulty in eating, speaking, playing and learning, as well as missed school. Regular dental examinations are important to diagnose and treat or prevent dental problems.

The American Dental Association estimates that mouth guards prevent approximately 200,000 injuries each year in high school and college football. Dental injuries are also prevalent in non-contact activities and exercises such as gymnastics and skating. Properly fitted mouth guards are the best available protective device for reducing the incidence and severity of sports-related dental injuries.

Copyright 2014 WDRB News. All Rights Reserved.