Media Release: WDG Public Health relaunches its dental programs and services

April 7, 2022

In March 2022, Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health reopened its dental program after a hiatus due to COVID-19. The Healthy Smiles Ontario (HSO) program seeks to reduce financial barriers to dental care for eligible children under 17. Services include teeth cleaning, sealants and oral health education. WDG Public Health also sees children experiencing dental emergencies from families that cannot currently afford the cost of care through the HSO Emergency program. 

“Dental and Oral health is such an important part of our children’s healthy growth and development,” said Rita Isley, Director of Community Health and Chief Nursing Officer. “We know that over the last two years many children have not seen a dental professional and we want to make sure they get the care they need.” 

HSO is a provincially funded dental program that provides free preventive, regular and emergency dental services to eligible children and youth. Residents seeking more information about Healthy Smiles Ontario or other dental services offered through WDG Public Health can call the WDG Public Health Dental Line: 1-800-265-7293 ext. 2661, or visit

Media Contact 

Danny Williamson  
Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health  
1-800-265-7293 ext. 4376