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Dental Health

Dental Clinics

We provide emergency, essential and preventive dental care to eligible children, adults and seniors based on services covered under publicly funded dental programs (OW, ODSP, NIHB, OSDCP and HSO). Services are offered at our clinics in Barrie and Gravenhurst, and an appointment is required. To book an appointment please contact the clinic at 1-877-721-7520, ext.8818.

Free dental screenings are available for children aged 0-17 who may have dental concerns. Please see the Dental Screening section for more information or to make an appointment.

Dental care services (fluoride treatments, sealants and cleanings) may also be available through the Healthy Smiles Program to eligible children aged 0-17 at our Barrie and Gravenhurst locations.

Your dental concerns will be triaged with our clinic staff, and you will be booked accordingly, or you may be offered a tele-dentistry consultation appointment with a dentist. Some appointment requests will be added to a waitlist, and you will be contacted to schedule an appointment.You will be asked questions about your health and medications and a complete health history will be taken prior to your appointment. This will ensure that your appointment time can focus on your dental concerns.You will receive a confirmation call 1-2 days before your scheduled appointment. Appointments must be confirmed by either speaking with a clinic staff member or by leaving a voice mail message for the clinic. If your appointment is not confirmed, it may be offered to a client requiring immediate care.
Please report to the receptionist upon arrival, providing proof of your valid coverage and identification. At your initial visit you will be asked to sign an acknowledgement form.  A brief wellness check will be performed regarding your current health status.  You will be asked to use an alcohol-based hand rub to clean your hands. Handwashing with soap and water will also be available if you have a sensitivity to hand sanitizer. We recommend that you wear a mask in shared spaces such as the waiting room and maintain physical distancing whenever possible.
You will be asked to attend your appointment alone when possible or limit your visit to one caregiver if you are a parent of a young child or a substitute decision maker for a client.

Publicly Funded Dental Care Programs 

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.
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.

The Ontario Seniors Dental Care Program (OSDCP) provides free dental care to those who are eligible. It is funded by the Province of Ontario. To be eligible you must:

  • be an Ontario resident aged 65 and over
  • have an income of $22,200 or less (or a combined annual income of $37,100 or less for a couple)
  • not have dental benefits.

Eligibility for the OSDCP is assessed by the Ministry of Finance based on information obtained from Line 236 (net income) of the individual tax return form. A dental card will be mailed to the applicant once the application is approved.

There are three ways to apply to the program:

The health unit provides services to eligible seniors by appointment. Dental care is available at:

  • 80 Bradford St. Barrie
  • 5 Pineridge Gate, Gravenhurst.

The following services are available:

  • Examinations
  • X-rays
  • Preventive care (cleanings, fluoride)
  • Restorations
  • Extractions
  • Root Canals
  • Dentures (through authorized denturists with a small co-pay)

For more information about the OSDCP please call Health Connection at 705-721-7520 or 1-877-721-7520.

Dental Clinic Locations

Located at 80 Bradford Street, Suite 403, Barrie, Ontario, L4N 6S7. Enter building via door #5.

Located at 2-5 Pineridge Gate, Gravenhurst, Ontario P1P 1Z3.

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