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Dental Clinics

SMDHU DENTAL CLINICs – Cancellation of non-essential services

The Barrie and Gravenhurst Dental Clinics will be open for emergency treatment only from March 16 until April 6.  The dental bus is not operating at this time.

In an attempt to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus COVID-19, effective “social distancing” has been encouraged. In light of this, the Royal College of Dental Surgeons of Ontario has strongly recommended that all non-essential and elective dental services should be suspended immediately. The College of Dental Hygienists of Ontario and the Ontario Dental Association are in agreement with this recommendation.

Individuals with dental emergencies (e.g. pain, infection) should contact the clinic to book an appointment at 1-877-721-7520 ext 8818.

We continue to offer dental screening for children who may have urgent dental problems. Call 1-877-721-7520 ext 8804.

This health initiative will be revisited as the situation warrants. Your patience and understanding is appreciated.


We provide emergency, essential and preventive dental care to eligible children, adults and seniors based on services covered under publically funded dental programs. An appointment is required.

Eligible children and adults can assess no-cost dental care in our clinics in Barrie, Gravenhurst or on our mobile dental clinic. As of November 2019 eligible seniors can access dental care in our Barrie clinic by appointment. It is expected that in the beginning services and appointments will be limited. Expanded clinics and more services are planned for 2020.

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 $19,300 or less (or a combined annual income of $32,300 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:

• Apply online.
• Print, fill out, and mail the OSDCP application.
• Visit the nearest health unit office to get a paper copy of the application.

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

Appointments may be limited. Expanded clinics and more services, including dentures (with a co-pay) are being planned for 2020. 

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.


The dental bus schedule provides dates and locations.

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