2022 Oregon Smile and Healthy Growth Screening
(In past years, this was called the Oregon Smile Survey)
This school year (2022-2023) the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) is conducting a statewide childhood health screening effort. The 2022 Oregon Smile and Healthy Growth Screening is a unique health assessment which provides local communities and the State with a better understanding of our childhood population health status and identifies health concerns which would otherwise be missed. Programs throughout the state rely on this data for program planning. The data collected is confidential.
This year it is more important than ever that we screen children for their oral health, height and weight, as many children have missed dental and well-child visits during the COVID-19 pandemic. Children with cavities often experience pain, which can contribute to school absenteeism. One of the goals of this screening is to identify children who need to be treated by a dental professional and give this information to their families and schools.
One first-, second- and third-grade classroom will be selected at each participating school. A trained Registered Dental Hygienist will screen children from these classrooms by measuring their height and weight and looking inside their mouth for any tooth decay. The screening will take less than two minutes per child and does not hurt. If any dental problems are found, the dental hygienist will tell a school staff person who can help families find a dental provider if needed. This screening does not include dental treatment or x-rays.
or by phone at 971-666-8815 (voice or text)
If you have been contacted by our 2022 Oregon Smile and Healthy Growth Screening Coordinator inviting you to participate in this screening effort, here is additional information and resources for you.
- This screening is separate from the School Dental Sealant Program because this produces an accurate, statewide snapshot of children's health due to the specific methods used.
- The "Opt-Out" forms, which need to go home with your students two weeks before your screening day, are available in the following languages for download: