Good oral health is important to overall health. The Health Unit`s Dental Services are for children and youth from birth to age 17.
In Elementary Schools
During the school year, Registered Dental Hygienists visit children in selected grades to complete dental screenings. The Hygienists look into the mouth to check for signs of dental disease and problems that need treatment by a dentist. If an urgent dental need is identified or if the child is eligible for preventive services, parents are contacted by the Health Unit.
At the Health Unit Office in Pembroke
Registered Dental Hygienists are available every second Friday at Dental Screening Clinics. To book an appointment for children from birth to age 17, call Dental Services at 613-735-8661 or 1-800-867-1097 extension 661.
At Parent Child Drop-Ins
Children age 6 and younger can get dental screening at Parent Child Drop-ins. To book an appointment at a Parent Child Drop-in in your area, call Dental Services at 613-735-8661 or 1-800-867-1097 extension 661.
Healthy Smiles Ontario Dental Treatment Program
Healthy Smiles Ontario is a free dental program for children and youth age 17 and under living in families with incomes below a set amount. Healthy Smiles Ontario covers regular check-ups, preventive care, and treatment by licensed dental providers.
|Number of dependent children in household||Family net income|
|1 child||$22,760 or lower|
|2 children||$24,482 or lower|
|3 children||$26,205 or lower|
|4 children||$27,927 or lower|
|5 children||$29,650 or lower|
|6 children||$31,372 or lower|
|7 children||$33,095 or lower|
|8 children||$34,817 or lower|
|9 children||$36,540 or lower|
|10 or more children||$38,262 or lower. Add $1,695 for each additional dependent child to determine the income level at which your family would qualify for Healthy Smiles Ontario.|
Children and youth are automatically enrolled in Healthy Smiles Ontario when they or their family receive:
- Ontario Works
- Temporary Care Assistance
- Ontario Disability Support Program
- Assistance for Children with Severe Disabilities
Details and dental cards are automatically mailed to clients when they receive these programs.
Children and youth with other dental insurance coverage are no longer excluded from Healthy Smiles Ontario coverage.
Healthy Smiles Ontario is also for children and youth who need emergency dental care. Applicants must be assessed for an emergency or essential dental need and must also show financial hardship. Contact Dental Services for more information.
There are three different ways you can apply to Healthy Smiles Ontario:
- apply online or
- fill in, print and mail an application form or
- Pick up an application form at the Renfrew County and District Health Unit or a Service Ontario office
For more information call Dental Services at 613-735-8661 or 1-800-267-1097 extension 661 OR the Service Ontario INFOline at 1-844-296-6306.