Children 17 and under may have dental care for FREE

Children 17 and under may have dental care for FREE

Good oral health is important to children’s overall health. Yet, for some, regular dental care may not be affordable. Healthy Smiles Ontario is a program for children 17 and under who do not have access to any form of dental coverage. If eligible, your children will get regular dental services at no cost to you.

The 36 local public health units across Ontario are leading the program in communities and are working with local partners such as Community Health Centres, primary care providers, dentists, dental hygienists, hospitals, schools and universities to deliver this program.


Children 17 and under may be eligible if:

  • They are residents of Ontario;
  • They are members of a household with an Adjusted Family Net Income of $20,000 per year or below; and,
  • They do not have access to any form of dental coverage (including other government-funded programs, like Ontario Works).

You will need to show specific documents during the enrollment process.

To find out more about Healthy Smiles Ontario and to see if you qualify, call the ServiceOntario INFOline:

Toll-free: 1-866-532-3161
TTY toll-free: 1-800-387-5559, 416-327-4282 (Toronto only)
Hours of operation: 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

If you are not eligible for the Healthy Smiles Ontario program, find out more about other dental services that may be available to you or your family.


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