Access to Dental Health Services

Colonel By Day schedule changes for Monday, August 1 - Dental clinics will be closed.

The Emergency Dental Health Services are offered by appointment only. Please call the Dental Information Line at 613-580-2424 ext. 23510.

Find a Dentist

If you have access to private dental insurance or you can afford paying for the dental health services, Visit the Ottawa Dental Society website to find a dentist near you or call 613-523-3876.

Need Help Accessing 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 to find a list of dentists who participate in the HSO program.
    • call the Ottawa Public Health Dental Information Line at 613-580-2424, ext. 23510
For Adults

Ontario Work (OW)

Urgent dental care is provided for Ontario Works recipients. Call the Ottawa Public Health Dental information line at 613-580-2424 ext. 23510 for more information.

Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP)

The Ontario Disability Support Program covers the cost of dental health services. Visit the Ottawa Dental Society webpage or call 613-523-3876 to find a list of dentists who participate in this program.

Essential Health and Social Supports (EHSS)

Limited emergency dental care may be available for low-income adults and older adults who qualify for the Essential Health and Social Supports (EHSS) Program. For more information and how to apply, Call the Community and Social Services Department at 3-1-1 or 613-580-2400.

*These programs cover denture benefits for adults and older adults under certain conditions.

For Seniors

Ontario Seniors Dental Care Program (OSDCP)

The Ontario Seniors Dental Care Program is a government-funded dental care program. It provides free, routine dental services for low-income seniors who are 65 years of age or older. To learn more about this program and how to apply, visit ontario.ca/seniorsdental.

 

 Neighbourhood Health & Wellness Hubs
Neighborhood Health and Wellness Hubs are easily accessible places offering free drop-in services to all residents across the City of Ottawa. These hubs provide the opportunity to speak in person with Ottawa Public Health and City of Ottawa staff about vaccination, mental health and wellbeing, parenting, dental health, and financial assistance. Please see below for the list of clinics and services provided.

PLEASE NOTE: COVID-19 vaccine for children six months to five years old is available at the following neighbourhood health and wellness hubs: AMA Community Centre, Bayshore Field House, Parkwood Hills, St. Laurent-Overbrook, and Lowertown.

Location and hours of the Neighbourhood Health and Wellness Hubs
Hub locationServices available and hours of operation

Greenboro

Greenboro Library

363 Lorry Greenberg Drive

Immunization – COVID-19 and school-based vaccines
  • Tuesday, Thursday from 1 pm to 7 pm (Closed 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm)
  • Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 10 am to 4 pm (Closed 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm)

Bayshore 

Bayshore Field House

175 Woodridge Crescent

Immunization – COVID-19 and school-based vaccines
  • Tuesday, Thursday from 11 am to 5 pm (Closed 1:30 pm to 2:30 pm)
  • Friday, and Saturday from 10 am to 4 pm (Closed 12:30 pm to 1:30)
Parenting in Ottawa drop-ins
  • Starting July 22, every Friday from 10 am to noon
Dental screening
  • Tuesday July 26 and Tuesday August 23 from 11 am to 5 pm
AMA Community Centre

1216 Hunt Club Road

Immunization – COVID-19
  • Tuesdays to Thursdays from 1 pm to 7 pm (Closed 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm)

Parenting in Ottawa drop-ins

  • Wednesdays from 1 pm to 3 pm

St-Laurent – Overbrook

Rideau High School

815 St. Laurent Boulevard

Immunization – COVID-19 and school-based vaccines

  • Tuesday, Thursday from 1 pm to 7 pm (Closed 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm)
  • Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday from 10 am to 4 pm (Closed 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm)

Dental screening

  • Friday July 15 and Friday August 19 from 10 am to 4 pm

Mental Health – Wellness Hubs

  • Biweekly: Wednesday (July 13, 27 and August 10, 24) 1 pm to 4 pm

Employment and Social Services

  • Thursday 1 pm to 4 pm

Caldwell

Bellevue Community Centre

1475 Caldwell Avenue

Immunization – COVID-19
  • Thursday from 1 pm to 7 pm (Closed 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm)
  • Friday from 10 am to 4 pm (Closed 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm)

Dental screening

  • Thursday July 28 and Thursday August 25 from 1 pm to 7 pm

Mental Health – Wellness Hubs

  • Biweekly : Thursdays (July 7, 21 and August 4, 18,) 1 pm to 4 pm

Heatherington

Albion-Heatherington Recreation Centre

1560 Heatherington Road

Immunization – COVID-19

  • Wednesday from 1 pm to 7 pm (Closed 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm)

Dental screening

  • Wednesday July 20 and Wednesday August 17 from 1 pm to 7 pm

Mental Health – Wellness Hubs

  • Biweekly: Wednesday (July 6, 20 and August 3, 17, 31) 1 pm to 4 pm

Employment and Social Services

  • Thursday 1 pm to 4 pm
Ledbury Pavillion

1250 Ledbury Avenue

Immunization – COVID-19
  • Saturday from 10 am to 4 pm (Closed 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm)

Hunt Club – Riverside Park

Hunt Club-Riverside Park Community Centre

3320 Paul Anka Drive

Immunization – COVID-19
  • Tuesdays from 1 pm to 7 pm (Closed 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm)
  • Saturday from 10 am to 4 pm (Closed 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm)

ACB Wellness Centre

African, Caribbean and Black Wellness Resource Centre

1021 Cyrville Rd (Unit 9)

Immunization – COVID-19
  • Wednesday from 1 pm to 4 pm
  • Saturday from 11 am to 2 pm

Vanier South 

Canadian Mental Health Association, Ottawa (CMHAO)

311 McArthur Avenue

Immunization – COVID-19

  • Tuesday and Wednesday 1 pm to 7 pm (Closed 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm)
  • Friday from 10 am to 4 pm (Closed 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm)

Parkwood Hills

Emerald Plaza Library

1547 Merivale Road

Immunization – COVID-19

  • Tuesday from 1 pm to 7 pm (Closed 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm)
  • Wednesday from 10 am to 4 pm (Closed 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm)
  • Friday from 1 pm to 4:30 pm
  • Saturday from 10 am to 4 pm (Closed 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm)

Elmvale Acres

St Aidan’s Anglican Church

934 Hamlet Road

Immunization – COVID-19

  • Thursday from 1 pm to 7 pm (Closed 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm)
  • Friday from 10 am to 4 pm (Closed 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm)

Lowertown

Jules Morin Field House

400 Clarence Street East

Immunization – COVID-19
  • Wednesday from 1 pm to 7 pm (Closed 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm)
  • Friday from 9 am to 2 pm (Closed 11 am to noon)

For more information on dental health services please call Ottawa Public Health Dental Information Line at 613-580-2424 ext. 23510.

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