Dental care for low-income seniors

The Ontario Seniors Dental Care Program is a new publicly-funded program that provides access to oral health care services for low-income seniors, for both preventive and restorative services. The program may help reduce unnecessary trips to the hospital, prevent certain chronic diseases, and increase the quality of life for seniors in Ontario.

Please check back to this page often as we will provide updates as the program expands.

Eligibility requirements

To qualify for the Ontario Seniors Dental Care Program, you must:

  • be an Ontario resident,
  • be age 65 and older,
  • have an annual net income up to $19,300 for a single person or a combined annual net income up to $32,300 for couples, and
  • have no other form of dental benefits (e.g. private insurance and other government program).

How to apply

Each person who needs dental care will need to apply separately (e.g. a couple must complete two application forms, one for each person). There are two ways to apply:

Online

  1. Complete the online application.
  2. Print and sign the Consent form.
  3. Mail the signed consent form within 30 days to:

Ontario Seniors Dental Care Program 
Station P, P.O. Box 159
Toronto, Ontario
M5S 2S7

Mail

  1. Download and print the application form or pick up an application form at one of our Public Health offices
  2. Complete and sign the application.
  3. Mail the application to:

Ontario Seniors Dental Care Program 
Station P, P.O. Box 159
Toronto, Ontario
M5S 2S7

Help is available in both English and French to complete the application by calling the program support centre.

  • Call: 416-916-0204
  • Toll-Free: 1-833-207-4435
  • TTY: 1-800-855-0511

The Public Health Dental Line at can also provide assistance. Call 1-800-265-7293 ext. 2661.

How to receive dental services

If approved, you will receive a welcome package and dental card in the mail (see sample dental card image below).

To make an appointment for dental services, call the Public Health Dental Line at 1-800-265-7293 ext. 2661. Bring the dental card to each visit to receive services.

A sample of the front of the Ontario Seniors Dental Care Program card

Dental services included in the program

WDG Public Health will begin a phased roll out of the seniors dental program as our current clinics undergo renovations. In the initial phase (Fall 2019), we will provide dental screenings at our Guelph location (160 Chancellors Way). Throughout 2020, the program will expand to offer a comprehensive range of dental services in Guelph, Wellington County and Dufferin County at our clinics and through community partnerships.

2019: Free dental services covered under phase 1 of the program will include:

  • Dental screenings by a dental hygienist (Guelph location only)

2020: Free dental services covered under the seniors dental program once it is fully implemented will include:

  • Examinations/assessments by a dentist
  • Preventive services
  • Restorative services to repair broken teeth and cavities
  • X-rays
  • Oral surgery services to remove teeth or abnormal tissue
  • Anaesthesia
  • Endodontic services to treat infection and pain
  • Periodontal services to treat gum conditions and diseases

Dentures

The program will cover most of the cost of dentures. Clients will be responsible for a small portion of the cost (approximately $80 for a full set of dentures) and any adjustments, repairs, or relines to your dentures will be free. Call the Dental Line at 1-800-265-7293 ext. 2661 for more information about dentures.

Visit ontario.ca/SeniorsDental for more detailed information about the program. You can also call Public Health’s Dental Line at 1-800-265-7293 ext. 2661 or email dentaladmin@wdgpublichealth.ca.