Access to Dental Health Services

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.

 

 Free Dental Screenings at Neighbourhood Health and 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 under five years old is available at all neighbourhood health and wellness hubs

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

Greenboro

Greenboro Library

363 Lorry Greenberg Drive

 

Closed on September 30 and November 11, 2022

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

Dental screening:

Biweekly: Fridays 10 am to 4 pm (Closed 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm) on the following dates: 

  • September 9
  • October 14
  • December 9

Bayshore 

Bayshore Field House

175 Woodridge Crescent

 

Closed on September 30 and November 11

Immunization – COVID-19 and school-based vaccines
  • Tuesday to Thursday from 11 am to 5 pm (Closed 1:30 to 2:30 pm)
  • Friday and Saturday from 10 am to 4 pm (Closed 12:30 to 1:30)
Parenting in Ottawa drop-ins
  • Fridays 10 am to noon from September 2 to December 30, 2022

Dental screening
  • 11 am to 5 pm on September 27, October 25 and November 22
  • Closed 12:30 to 1:30 pm
AMA Community Centre

1216 Hunt Club Road

Note: Use side entrance

Immunization – COVID-19

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

Parenting in Ottawa drop-ins

  • Wednesdays from 1 to 3 pm
  • September 7 to December 28, 2022

Dental screening

  • from 1 to 5 pm on the following dates:
    • Tuesday, September 6
    • Tuesday, October 4
    • Wednesday, November 2
    • Tuesday, December 6

St-Laurent – Overbrook

Rideau High School

815 St. Laurent Boulevard

 

Closed on September 30 and November 11.

Immunization – COVID-19 and school-based vaccines

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

Dental screening

  • Fridays 10 am to 4 pm on September 23, October 28 and November 25 (Closed 12:30 to 1:30 pm)

Mental Health, Addictions and Substance Use Health

  • Biweekly: Wednesday 1 to 4 pm on the following dates
    • September 21
    • October 5 and 19
    • November 2, 16 and 30
    • December 14

Employment and Social Services

  • From September 7 to December 23
    • Wednesdays: 1 to 4 pm
    • Fridays: 9 am to noon

 

Caldwell

Bellevue Community Centre

1475 Caldwell Avenue

 

Closed on September 30 and November 11.

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

Dental screening

  • Triweekly: Fridays 10 am to 4 pm (Closed 12:30 to 1:30 pm) on the following dates:
    • September 16
    • October 21
    • November 18
    • December 16

Mental Health, Addictions and Substance Use Health

  • Biweekly : Thursdays (September 22, October 6, 20, November 3, 17, December 1, 15) noon to 3 pm

Heatherington

Albion-Heatherington Recreation Centre

1560 Heatherington Road

Immunization – COVID-19

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

Dental screening

  • 1 to 5 pm on September 21, October 19, November 16 and December 21

Mental Health, Addictions and Substance Use Health

  • 1 to 4 pm on the following dates: 
    • September 21 
    • October 5, 19
    • November 2, 16 and 30
    • December 14

Employment and Social Services

  • Wednesday 1 to 4 pm from September 7 to December 21, 2022

Ledbury Pavillion

1250 Ledbury Avenue

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

Hunt Club – Riverside Park

Hunt Club-Riverside Park Community Centre

3320 Paul Anka Drive

Immunization – COVID-19
  • Tuesday and Thursday from 1 to 7 pm (Closed 3:30 to 4:30 pm) 

ACB Wellness Centre

African, Caribbean and Black Wellness Resource Centre

1021 Cyrville Rd (Unit 9)

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

Mental Health, Addictions and Substance Use Health

  • Biweekly: Wednesday noon to 3 pm
    • September 21
    • October 5, 19
    • November 2, 16 and 30
    • December 14

 

Vanier South 

Canadian Mental Health Association, Ottawa (CMHAO)

311 McArthur Avenue

 

Closed on September 30 and November 11  

Immunization – COVID-19

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

Parkwood Hills

Emerald Plaza Library

1547 Merivale Road

 

Closed on September 30 and November 11  

Immunization – COVID-19

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

Elmvale Acres

St Aidan’s Anglican Church

934 Hamlet Road

 

Closed on September 30 and November 11 

Immunization – COVID-19

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

Lowertown

Jules Morin Field House

400 Clarence Street East

 

Closed on September 15 and 30 and November 11  

Immunization – COVID-19

  • Tuesday and Thursday from 1 to 7 pm (Closed 3:30 to 4:30 pm)
  • October 11 only: 10 am to 4 pm (Closed 12:30 to 1:30 pm)

Centretown

In collaboration with the Community and Social Services Department’s (CSSD) Community Service Hub

370 Catherine St

 

Closed on September 30 and November 11

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

City and community social supports through CSSD:

  • Monday to Friday from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm

Pinecrest Queensway Community Health Centre (PQCHC) – Pathways to Education

1365 Richmond Rd

Mental Health, Addictions and Substance Use Health:
  • Starting Sep 28, biweekly Wednesdays 1 to 4pm on the following dates:
    • October 12 and 26
    • November 9 and 23
    • December 7 and 21

Employment and Social Services through PQCHC:

  • Starting Sep 28, biweekly Wednesdays 1 to 4pm on the following dates:
    • October 12 and 26
    • November 9 and 23
    • December 7 and 21

 

 

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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