Seniors Dental Care Program

Updated: May 27, 2020

Dental Services for Low-Income Seniors

The Ontario Seniors Dental Care Program (OSDCP) is a publicly-funded program geared to low-income seniors who do not have private dental coverage.

Please Note During COVID-19:

Non-emergency dental services under the Ontario Seniors Dental Care Program are gradually restarting. Read on for more details about qualifying and applying for the program.

Who is Eligible for Program?

Seniors must be over the age of 65 years, live in Ontario, and have an annual income less than $19,300. For couples, the combined income must be less than $32,000 per year.

What Services are Covered?

The OSDCP will cover the costs of dental services such as: teeth cleaning, examinations, restorative services, X-rays, and oral surgery. There may also be partial coverage for dentures and other prosthodontic services.

How to Apply

You can apply for the OSDCP online or by mail. To download a copy of the application, click here. Print copies of the application forms can also be picked up at local Health Unit offices, but due to COVID-19, these are currently closed to the public.

Local seniors who need help to fill in the application can call the Health Unit at 1-866-888-4577, ext. 1247. A provincial processing centre will review submitted application forms and notify seniors who qualify for the program.

Oral Health

Dental Services

Good oral health plays an important role in our overall health.

Children and Teens

The Health Unit offers the following free preventive oral (dental) health services for eligible children and teens up to 17 years of age:

  • Fluoride varnish applications
  • Sealants
  • Scaling

The new Ontario Seniors Dental Care Program (OSDCP) is a publicly-funded program geared to low-income seniors who do not have private dental coverage.

Find out more on our Seniors Dental Services page.

To learn more about our oral health clinics, call us toll-free at 1-866-888-4577, ext. 1247.

Financial Assistance for Dental Treatment

Programs for Children

Dental care is not covered under Ontario’s Health Insurance Program (OHIP). Many people do not have dental insurance, and cost is the most serious and common reason people do not see a dentist.

A FREE dental program is available for eligible children and youth 17 years of age and under through the Healthy Smiles Ontario program. No similar programs are available for adults.

Healthy Smiles Ontario is a FREE dental program for eligible children and youth who are 17 years of age and younger.

Children and youth age 17 years and younger are automatically eligible and enrolled into the Healthy Smile Ontario program when they or their family receive:

  • Ontario Works
  • Temporary Care Assistance
  • Assistance for Children with Severe Disabilities
  • Ontario Disability Support Program

Children and youth whose families have other dental insurance may still be eligible for assistance. To find out more about Healthy Smiles Ontario, call the ServiceOntario INFOline at 1-844-296-6306.

Programs for Adults

There are a few low-cost dental care options for adults available in Port Hope, the City of Kawartha Lakes and Haliburton County.

Call the Health Unit toll-free at 1-866-888-4577, ext. 1247 for more details or contact the following organizations directly:

  • Port Hope Community Health Centre Dental Program – (905) 885-2626, ext. 208
  • Community Health Centre for the City of Kawartha Lakes Dental Program – (705) 879-4100, ext. 2, or 1-800-461-0327, ext. 180
  • Volunteer Dental Outreach for Haliburton County – (705) 457-3111

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