Oral health is an important part of your child’s health, self-esteem, and sense of wellbeing.
Did you know that your child should start seeing a dentist at 12 months old? Once they begin visiting the dentist, it is important to continue to go regularly.
You can prevent problems like cavities and gum disease, and our Oral Health team can help!
If you can’t afford to pay for dental care for your children, we have programs that can help. These include:
- Healthy Smiles Ontario (HSO)
- Preventive Dental Clinics
- Oral screening
- Fluoride Varnish Information and Consent Form (PDF, 4 pages)
To learn more about these services, call the Dental Line at 1-800-265-7293 ext. 2661. We’re here to help.
If you’re a mom-to-be
Keeping your gums and teeth healthy has many benefits for you and your baby.
Learn how to maintain good oral health during pregnancy:
- Healthy Pregnancy: Oral Health – Public Health Agency of Canada
- Oral Health During Pregnancy – Ministry of Health Promotion and Sport
Healthy Smiles Ontario (HSO) is a free program for children and youth aged 17 and under who are experiencing financial difficulties. It covers regular checkups, preventive care and treatment of urgent dental problems. If your child qualifies, they will get free regular services from a dentist or dental provider.
Children and youth age 17 and under may be eligible if:
- They are residents of Ontario; and
- They are members of a household that meets the programs income eligibility requirements
What is covered?
- Regular visits to a licensed dental provider like dentists or dental hygienists
- Dental services including check-ups, cleanings, fillings, x-rays and scaling
- Urgent or emergency oral health issues
Where to get dental care, including in an emergency?
- If you have dentist, call their office to find out if they participate in Healthy Smiles Ontario
- If you do not have a dentist, call our Dental Line at 1-800-265-7293 ext. 2661
To learn more about Healthy Smiles Ontario, or to enrol, call our Dental Line at 1-800-265-7293 ext. 2661.
Public Health Preventive Dental Clinics help keep your child’s teeth and gums healthy.
- Clean teeth
- Apply fluoride
- Coat teeth with sealants
- Show your child how to brush
- Tell you about foods that are healthy for teeth
Your child can use the Preventive Dental Clinic if:
- He or she is 17 or under
- You don’t have dental coverage and can’t afford dental care
To learn more about Preventive Dental Clinic, call our Dental Line at 1-800-265-7293 ext. 2661.
Your child can get free oral health screenings if:
- He or she is aged 17 or under
- You don’t have dental insurance
- You can’t afford to pay for dental treatment
We offer screenings (check-up) at all of our office locations. To book a Public Health screening call 1-800-265-7293 ext. 2661.
At your child’s appointment, the dental hygienist will tell you if they have identified any oral health concerns and whether your child qualifies for any other free dental programs. You’ll also get information about brushing, healthy eating, and ways to keep your mouth healthy.
Dental hygienists visit elementary schools to do a quick check of students’ teeth. They let parents know if they see any problems, such as cavities, in the child’s mouth. These screenings are not a substitute for a visit to the dentist.
Oral health staff are available to answer any questions or concerns you may have about oral health. We can help you understand how to care for your child’s teeth, access oral health care and enrol in publicly funded programs. Call 1-800-265-7293 ext. 2661.