What we do
For the most part, Ontario residents pay out-of-pocket or use private dental insurances for their dental care. There are programs or clinics, however, that help to provide some access to care for the most vulnerable. These programs include the following:
Healthy Smiles Ontario (HSO):
Provides basic dental coverage for children and youth 17 years and under from low income families requiring support. Children are automatically eligible for Healthy Smiles Ontario if they or their family receive:
- Ontario Works, including Extended Health Benefits and Extended Employment Health Benefits
- Temporary Care Assistance (recipient child only)
- Ontario Disability Support Program, including Extended Health Benefits and Transitional Health Benefits
- Assistance for Children with Severe Disabilities (recipient child only)
May provide discretionary benefits for adults. Each municipality decides the level of coverage and what they cover for adults.
Ontario Disability Support Program:
May provide basic dental coverage for adults and their spouse. Children 17 years of age and under are eligible for dental coverage through Healthy Smiles Ontario. Children 18 years of age and older may be provided dental coverage through Ontario Works Discretionary Benefits.
Oral Health Surveillance:
Public Health Units conduct surveys on student in all publicly funded elementary schools annually to determine the level of oral health of Ontario Children. Eligible children may be provided with topical fluoride pit and fissure sealants and/or cleaning through Healthy Smiles Ontario. This service is free for families.
Clinics for low-income residents:
University of Toronto https://www.dentistry.utoronto.ca/patient-clinics
University of Western Ontario - http://www.schulich.uwo.ca/dentistry/dental_clinics/index.html
The SHOUT Clinic, sponsored by the AIDS Committee of Toronto (ACT) http://www.actoronto.org/website/referrals.nsf/serviceslookup/Shout+Clinic--Dental+Clinic
There are various regional clinics that offer some low-cost dental services. Check with the region in which you reside. Association of Local Public Health Agencies