Mandatory dental care for Ky. kids?

A Kentucky bill would ban kids ages three to six from public school without a clean dental health bill, according to a news story on, the website of the Lexington Herald-Leader.

The bill passed in the House of Representatives 91-4, but its passage in the Senate in uncertain.

The Cabinet for Health and Family Services -- a state government agency -- is concerned about the cost of executing this proposal, the site reported. However, the Kentucky Dental Association (KDA) backs the bill.

"We can see from the data, we can see from anecdotal comments from our members, the oral health of our children is really bad," said Michael Porter, KDA executive director, in the news story.

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