Access to Dental Care

For Children

Healthy Smiles Ontario (HSO)

Healthy Smiles Ontario (HSO) is a free dental program that covers regular and emergency dental care for children 17 and under.

Who is Eligible?
Children and youth 17 and under may be eligible if:
  • They are residents of Ontario; and
  • They are members of a household that meets the income eligibility requirements.

Note: If your family is covered by Ontario Works or Ontario Disability Support Program, your children 17 and under are automatically enrolled in the Healthy Smiles Ontario program. You will receive a Healthy Smiles Ontario dental card in the mail. The dental card must be presented to your dental provider at each dental visit.

What Services are Covered?
  • Regular visits to a licensed dental provider, such as a dentist or dental hygienist
  • Dental services including check-ups, tooth cleaning, fillings and extractions
How do I Enroll?
  • Go to ontario.ca/healthysmiles
  • Call ServiceOntario INFOline toll-free at 1-844-296-6306 (TTY toll-free at 1-800-387-5559)

Once enrollment has been confirmed you will receive a Healthy Smiles Ontario dental card. The dental card must be presented to your dental provider at each visit to receive dental care under the program.

How do I Access Urgent or Emergency Dental Care?
  • If your child is already enrolled in the HSO program, contact your dentist.
  • If your child is not already enrolled in the HSO program, call your dentist to find out if they participate in Healthy Smiles Ontario and book an emergency dental appointment.
  • If you don't have a dentist or your dentist does not participate in the HSO program, you can:
    • visit the Ottawa Dental Society webpage or call 613-523-3876 for find a list of dentists.
    • call the Ottawa Public Health Dental Information Line at 613 -580-6744, ext. 23510
For Adults and Older Adults
Dental help for adults and seniors with low income

Limited emergency dental care may be available. Call the Community and Social Services Department at 3-1-1 for more information.

Community denture program

Limited denture benefits may be available. Call the Community and Social Services Department at 3-1-1 for more information.

Free Dental Screenings
Free dental screenings, fluoride varnish applications and dental health information are available in the community.
  • All ages welcome
  • Dental health information
  • Fluoride varnish applications
  • Healthy Smiles Ontario enrolment
  • Denture cleaning offered at this location

Please refer to the monthly calendar for the closest location.


Download Free Dental Screening Schedule (PDF)

  For more information on dental care please call Ottawa Public Health Information Centre at 613-580-6744.

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