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Dental Health

Dental Clinics

SMDHU DENTAL CLINICS – Limited services available at this time

The Barrie and Gravenhurst Dental Clinics are currently open; however, our service capacity has been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, resulting in reduced appointment capacity. The clinic is currently available to those experiencing urgent dental needs.

Individuals with dental emergencies (e.g., pain, infection), who have coverage through publicly funded dental programs (OW, ODSP, NIHB, OSDCP and HSO) should contact the clinic to book an appointment at 1-877-721-7520, ext. 8818.

We continue to offer dental screenings at our various SMDHU clinic locations for children aged 0-17 who may have urgent dental concerns. Call 1-877-721-7520, ext. 5867.   


  • Your symptoms/treatment will be triaged with our clinic staff, however, your appointment may be re-scheduled if someone with a more pressing matter requires immediate care.
  • You will be asked questions about your health and possible exposure to COVID-19.
  • If you answer yes to any of these questions, our clinic dentist will discuss your dental issue over the phone with you and manage your case using tele-dentistry.
  • You will be asked to come alone unless you are a parent of a young child or a substitute decision maker for the client.
  • If you are arriving by car, we will ask you to wait in your car and call us before entering the building.
  • If you arrive on foot or public transportation, please wait in the hall.Call us when you have arrived.
  • If you do not have a cell phone, please report to the receptionist upon arrival.
  • You will be asked to wear a face covering. Please bring your own but if you do not have one we will provide a face covering.
  • You will also be asked to use an alcohol-based hand rub to clean your hands. Handwashing with soap and water will be available if you have a sensitivity to hand sanitizer.
  • Please maintain physical distancing whenever possible.
  • You will be asked a second time questions about your health and possible exposure to COVID-19.
  • Your temperature will be checked using a touchless thermometer.
  • You will also be asked to sign an acknowledgment that you understand the risks of COVID-19 in a dental office setting and confirming that you do not have any COVID-19 symptoms or recent history of travel or contact with someone with recent travel history or COVID-19 symptoms.
  • You may notice that our staff will be wearing additional personal protective equipment.We like to call this our spacesuits for the kids.

  • You will be asked to call us if you do experience any COVID-19 symptoms.

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

Eligible children and adults can access no-cost dental care in our clinics in Barrie and Gravenhurst. 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 $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:

• 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.

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