Dental & Oral Health

Oral health is an important part of your child’s health, self-esteem and sense of well-being.

Did you know that children should start seeing a dentist around age one? Once they begin visiting the dentist, it is important to continue to go regularly.

If you can’t afford to pay for dental care for your children (ages 0-17), we have programs that can help.

If you have any questions about our dental programs or need help, please call our Dental Line at 1-800-265-7293 ext. 2661.

Our oral health staff are available to answer any questions or concerns you may have about dental and oral health. We can also help you find out if your children qualify for free dental care and help you enroll in these programs.

Regular check-ups and prevention

Our dental hygienists check your child’s mouth for oral health concerns, clean their teeth, apply fluoride and sealants, and teach them how to brush and floss. We can provide information about brushing, healthy eating, and other ways to keep your mouth healthy. We will also help you find out if you qualify for any other free dental programs. You can book an appointment for your child at one of our clinics if:

  • They are 17 or under AND
  • You can’t afford dental care

Regular and urgent dental care with Healthy Smiles Ontario (HSO)

Young girl smiling sitting in dentist chair holding up a pink toothbrush

HSO is a free dental program for children and youth whose families are having financial challenges. It covers:

  • Treatment for urgent dental problems
  • Regular check-ups
  • Preventive care

Children and youth may be eligible if:

  • They are 17 or under
  • They are residents of Ontario and
  • They are members of a household whose income meets the program criteria

Oral health services at schools

School dental screenings

Our registered dental hygienists visit elementary schools and provide a quick check of students’ teeth. They let parents/guardians know if they see any problems, such as large cavities, in the child’s mouth. These screenings do not replace an exam by a dentist.

Fluoride varnish

We provide free fluoride varnish applications at select schools. Fluoride varnish is a protective coating that helps to make teeth strong and prevent cavities.

If your child attends one of our fluoride varnish schools, you can print off a Fluoride Varnish Consent form (PDF, 4 pages, 124 KB) . Return the completed and signed consent form to the school so your child can take part in this free program.

Healthy Teeth Healthy Kids Checklist

Use the attached checklists below to help you keep track of your child’s dental health and development.