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Dental Services

Good oral health is important to overall health. The Health Unit`s Dental Services are for children and youth from birth to age 17.

Dental Screening

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.

Income eligibility requirements (As of July 1, 2018)
Number of dependent children in household Family net income
1 child $23,170 or lower
2 children $24,924 or lower
3 children $26,677 or lower
4 children $28,431 or lower
5 children $30,185 or lower
6 children $31,939 or lower
7 children $33,692 or lower
8 children $35,446 or lower
9 children $37,200 or lower
10 or more children $38,954 or lower. Add $1,754 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:

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.

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Pembroke Office

TEL: 613-732-3629 or 1-800-267-1097

Renfrew Office

TEL: 613-432-5853 or 1-800-465-5000