Good oral health is very important for a child’s overall health, however, for some, dental treatment is not affordable. Ontario offers a dental program called Healthy Smiles for children 17 and under that do not have access to dental coverage. If eligible, children are covered under this programs at no cost.
Healthy Smiles Ontario is a government-funded dental program that provides free preventive, routine, and emergency dental services for children and youth 17 years old and under from low-income households.
The program includes regular visits to a licensed dental provider and covers the costs of treatment including:
- urgent or emergency dental care
Cosmetic dentistry, including teeth whitening and braces, are not covered by the program.
Your household is automatically enrolled in the program if you or your child receives benefits through:
- Ontario Works
- Temporary Care Assistance
- Ontario Disability Support Program
- Assistance for Children with Severe Disabilities
Children are eligible for the program if they:
- Are 17 years of age and under
- live in Ontario
- come from a household with an income equal to or less than the levels in the table below
If you know a child under the age of 17 that may be in need of dental treatment be sure to contact the local Public Health Unit in your area for more information. You may also contact our dental professionals for more information.