Free Dental Care for Youth

Healthy Smiles Ontario (HSO) is a free dental care assistance program that is available to youth up to age 18. If you cannot afford treatment, you can apply to receive HSO in Halton (or across Ontario) – even if you have dental insurance.

  • Do I qualify for free dental care through HSO?
  • What treatment can I receive under the HSO program?
  • Can I still qualify for HSO if my parents have some dental insurance, but it doesn’t cover all treatment?
  • How do I apply for HSO?
  • Where are Halton’s four clinics located?
  • If I receive HSO, can I go to any dentist?
  • Can I still receive financial assistance if I’m not from Halton?
  • Where can I get more information?
  • Do I qualify for free dental care through HSO?

    To qualify you must:

    • be an Ontario resident;
    • have a valid Ontario Health Card Number (OHCN);
    • be 17 years of age and under; and
    • be from a low-income household.

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    What treatment can I receive under the HSO program?

    The Healthy Smiles Ontario program includes regular visits to a dental provider (dentist, dental hygienist, and/or denturist) and covers the cost of treatment including:

    • check-ups
    • cleaning
    • fillings (for a cavity)
    • x-rays
    • scaling
    • tooth extraction
    • emergency dental care (including treatment for toothache or tooth pain)

    Cosmetic dentistry, including teeth whitening and braces, is not covered by the program.

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    Can I still qualify for HSO if my parents have some dental insurance, but it doesn’t cover all treatment?

    Yes, as long as you:

    • are an Ontario resident;
    • have a valid Ontario Health Card Number (OHCN);
    • are 17 years of age and under; and
    • are from a low-income household.

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    How do I apply for HSO?

    Before you book a dental appointment:

    • call Halton Region by dialing 311 to make an appointment for a free dental assessment by a registered dental hygienist at one of Halton’s four clinic locations.
    • make sure that you have some knowledge of your financial situation – when calling in, you will be asked questions to assess your financial need, e.g., if you had to pay for dental treatment, would you be unable to pay household bills or buy groceries?

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    Where are Halton’s four clinics located?

    We have clinics in Burlington, Georgetown, Milton and Oakville. When you call to make an appointment, one of our Oral Health team will tell you which clinic is the closest one to you.

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    If I receive HSO, can I go to any dentist?

    Yes, you can go to any dentist in Ontario (in Halton or elsewhere) as long as the dentist agrees to participate in the Healthy Smiles Ontario program. If you have a dentist, contact their office to find out if they participate in HSO.

    If you don’t have a dentist, dial 311 and Halton Region’s Oral Health team will help you find one.

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    Can I still receive financial assistance if I’m not from Halton?

    Yes, the HSO program is available to anyone who lives in Ontario. To find a health department located near you, visit the Healthy Smiles Ontario Public Health Unit Locations web page.

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    Where can I get more information?

    Visit the Region’s Healthy Smiles Ontario web page or dial 311 and ask to speak to someone in the Oral Health program.

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