Many states require children to have a dental screening before starting school in the fall. You may want to check with your school district to see if your child will need one. Even if your state or school district doesn’t officially require an exam, it’s good to get one on the books if your child is overdue. Regular dental visits can help children avoid cavities, they give your dentist a chance to provide preventive treatment such as sealants and fluoride and they help kids establish a good relationship with the dentist and hygienist. And, when your child goes to the dentist, it’s not strictly a dental screening—more than 120 diseases have symptoms that appear in the mouth, which dentists are trained to identify.