Good oral health is important to a child’s overall health but if regular dental care isn’t affordable, you may be eligible for the Regional Municipality of York’s Healthy Smiles Ontario dental campaign.
The government-funded dental program provides free preventive, routine and emergency dental services for children and youth 17 years old and under from low-income households.
It includes regular visits to a licensed dental provider and covers the costs of treatment, including check-ups, cleanings, x-rays, fillings for a cavity, scaling, tooth extraction and urgent or emergency dental care, including treatment of a toothache or tooth pain.
Children and youth are eligible if they live in Ontario and their family meets income eligibility requirements based on income as reported to the Canada Revenue Agency. They’re also automatically eligible and enrolled in the program when they or their family receive Ontario Works, Temporary Care Assistance, the Ontario Disability Support Program or Assistance for Children with Severe Disabilities. All other families experiencing financial hardship can apply online, by mail or by appointment at a York Region Public Health dental clinic.
Once your child’s enrolment is confirmed, you’ll receive a Healthy Smiles Ontario dental card in the mail that you must present to your dental provider at each visit. Once your child is enrolled, they’re covered up to one benefit year or up to their 18th birthday. If your child turns 18 during the benefit year, they’re no longer eligible. If your child is in the program for emergency or essential care, they’re covered for 12 months from the date of enrolment. Clients receiving emergency or essential care must re-enrol after 12 months.
To learn more, visit www.york.ca/dental or contact York Region Health Connection to speak to a registered dental hygienist at 1-800-735-6625 or TTY 1-866-252-9933.