Finding Affordable/FREE Dental Care in Ontario

By: Staff
When it comes to dental coverage, OHIP only covers you in the below scenarios:
  • all in-hospital dental visits,
  • in-hospital dental surgeries,
  • postoperative care
  • And, one post discharge follow-up visit.
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OHIP does not cover any services that are provided in a dentist’s office – x-rays, cleaning, fillings etc.

Dental care is covered under benefits provided by most employers. But, not every one is fortunate enough to have this coverage. If you are one of them, then you might be able to take advantage of one of the programs covered below.

  1. Healthy Smiles

Children 17 years old and under can be eligible free oral care under Ontario government’s Healthy Smiles program.

This program is available for children from lower-income families and in order to be eligible:

  • If they or their families receive Ontario Works, Temporary Care Assistance, Ontario Disability Support Program or Assistance for Children with severe Disabilities.
  • If they are 17 years of age and under, live in Ontario and household income is equal to or less than shown in the table below:

# of children 17yrs or under

Family net income

1 child

$22,401 or lower

2 children

$24,096 or lower

3 children

$25,791 or lower

4 children

$27,486 or lower

5 children

$29,181 or lower

6 children

$30,876 or lower

7 children

$32,571 or lower

8 children

$34,266 or lower

9 children

$35,961 or lower

10 or more children

$37,656 or lower. Add $1,695 for each additional dependent child to determine the income level at which your family would qualify for Healthy Smiles Ontario.


  1. Coverage for Seniors

Unfortunately, there is no federal or provincial program to cover dental care costs for seniors. However, some municipalities provide assistance with cost for low-income seniors. Please contact your regional health department to get more information.

If you reside in Toronto and cannot afford oral care, you can contact one of the city’s dental clinics for help.


  1. University Dental Clinics

Many universities that offer Dental Programs also run dental clinics for selected patients at reduced prices. Here are some of the patient clinics run by graduate students:


  1. References:

Ontario Schedule of Benefits

This article, and the products mentioned are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Please see your health care provider before taking any supplements or starting a new program.

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