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Dental Health

Financial Assistance

Not everyone has dental coverage and for some people the cost of treatment is not affordable. This section shares what publically funded dental care programs are available and who is eligible.

Healthy Smiles Ontario

Healthy Smiles Ontario is a free dental program for children and teens age 17 or younger who qualify. It is funded by the Province of Ontario. Children can get free preventive, basic and emergency dental care. 

Children and teens may be eligible for the Healthy Smiles Ontario programs based on either:

  • Family Income
  • Having a dental problem that needs immediate treatment and meeting financial criteria
  • If they would benefit from preventive services and meet financial criteria

Children whose parents are on Ontario Works or Ontario Disability Support Program are automatically covered for dental care under the Healthy Smiles Ontario Program.

If you have any questions about Healthy Smiles Ontario or would like  help enrolling please call  1-705-721-7520 or toll free 1-877-721-7520 extension 8804

Or visit  the Healthy Smiles Ontario website

Dental care is available if you are eligible through one of the following programs.

Ontario Works (OW) – If you are on OW you may be eligible for the Adult Emergency Dental Program which covers emergency dental procedures.

Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) – if you are on ODSP you are covered for basic dental care.

Non-insured Health Benefits for First Nations people and Inuit (NIHB) – when you are on NIHB, you are covered for basic dental care.

For more information call the Healthy Smiles dental clinic staff at 705-721-7520 or toll free at 1-877-721-7520 extension 8818 or if on OW or ODSP your local social and community services office.
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