Access to dental care

For children
For adults and seniors
Free dental screenings

For children

Healthy Smiles Ontario (HSO)

Healthy Smiles Ontario (HSO) is a dental care program that covers the cost of regular check-up, cleaning, scaling, filling and X-rays.

It does not cover the cost of braces, space maintainers, cosmetic dentistry, teeth whitening.

Eligibility

  • Your child must live in Ottawa and be 17 years old or less
  • Your child does not have access to any form of dental coverage
  • You child must be a member of a household that meets the income eligibility requirements

How to apply

Download the Healthy Smiles Ontario Program application form or call Ottawa Public Health Information Line at 613-580-6744 to obtain the application form.

Complete, sign and take your application form with the required documentation to any Client Service Centre.

Documentation you need to bring to the client service center with your application

  1. Proof of income in the most current tax year (show one of the following):

    Annual Canada Child Tax Benefit and Ontario Child Benefit Notice
    OR
    Annual Goods and Services Tax Credit Entitlement Notice showing the adjusted family net income
    Note: Financial documentation must list name of each child (17 years old or less) being enrolled

Note: Financial documentation must list name of each child being enrolled

  1. Parent/Guardian - Proof of identification: (show one of the following):
  • Valid Ontario Health Card (with photo)
  • Valid passport
  • Certificate of Canadian Citizenship (Citizenship Card)
  • Permanent Resident Card
  • Canadian Immigration Identification Card
  • Valid Ontario Driver’s License
  1. Child - Identification required for each child, acceptable identification includes:

A valid Ontario Health Card (with birth date)

If a dependent’s Ontario health card is not available, show one of the following:

  • Valid passport
  • Certificate of Canadian Citizenship (Citizenship Card)
  • Permanent Resident Card
  • Canadian Immigration Identification Card
  • Birth Certificate as issued by a Canadian provincial or territorial government
  • Valid Ontario Driver’s License

AND one of the following to confirm residency in Ontario

  • Rental or lease agreement
  • Mortgage papers
  • Utility bill

Note: Three signatures are needed, if your marital status is married or common law.

The application will be forwarded to Ottawa Public Health for final determination of eligibility. Healthy Smiles Dental Cards will be mailed within seven to 10 days.

Children in Need of Treatment (CINOT)

Children in Need of Treatment (CINOT) is a limited emergency dental care program. If your child has dental pain, an infection, cavities or a mouth injury, treatment such as radiographs, fillings, or some other dental care may be available.

Eligibility

  1. Your child has a dental emergency/pain
  2. Your child must live in Ottawa and be 17 years old or less
  3. Your child does not have access to any form of dental coverage
  4. You cannot afford the cost of urgent dental care

How to apply

Your child can be screened at one of the following Ottawa Public Health Dental Clinics from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, closed between noon and 1 pm.

West End
400-1580 Merivale Road (corner of Meadowlands Drive)
613-580-9631

Downtown/Vanier
40 Cobourg Street (Le Patro Community Centre)
613-580-9633

South/East
2525 St. Laurent Boulevard, 2nd floor (Near Conroy Road)
613-580-9632

For adults and seniors

Dental help for adults and seniors with low income

Limited emergency dental care may be available. Call the Community and Social Services Department at 613-560-6000 for more information.

Community denture program

Limited denture benefits may be available. Call the Community and Social Services Department at 613-560-6000 for more information.

Free dental screenings

Free dental screenings, fluoride varnish applications and dental health information are available in the community. Please refer to the monthly calendar for the closest location.

  • All ages welcome
  • Dental health information
  • Fluoride varnish applications
  • Healthy Smiles Ontario enrolment
  • Ď: Denture cleaning offered at this location
  Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
1st
week
of the month
Lowertown CRC

40 Cobourg St.
1 - 4 pm
613-789-3930
*First come, first served basis

Ď

Centretown CHC
420 Cooper St.
9:30 am - 12:30 pm
1:30 -4 pm
613-233-4443
*First come, first served basis

Ď

Pinecrest Queensway CHC
1365 Richmond Rd.
(2nd floor)
3 - 6 pm
613-820-4922
*First come, first served basis

Ď

Carlington CHC
900 Merivale Rd.
3 - 5 pm
613-722-4000
*First come, first served basis

Ď

South-East Ottawa CHC
600–1355 Bank St.
9 am - noon
1 - 5 pm
*Appointments available,
please call:
613-737-4809

Ď

2nd
week
of the month

South Nepean CHC
4100 Strandherd Dr. (2nd floor)
1 - 4:30 p.m.
613-288-2820
*First come, first served basis

Ď

Eastern Ottawa
CRC
2339 Ogilvie Rd.
1:30 - 4:30 p.m.
613-741-6025
*First come, first served basis
Ď

Rideau-Rockcliffe CRC
120-225 Donald St.
1 - 3 pm
613-745-0073
*First come, first served basis

Ď

 Sandy Hill CHC

221 Nelson St.
9 am - noon
*Appointments available, 
please call:
613-789-8458

Ď

 

Somerset West CHC

55 Eccles St.
9 am - noon
1- 4 pm
*Appointments available, please call:
613-238-1220
Ď

3rd
week
of the month
 

Western Ottawa CRC

2 MacNeil Ct.
9 am - noon
613-591-3686

*First come, first served basis
Ď

Nepean Osgoode Rideau CRC

240-1547 Merivale Rd. (Emerald Plaza)
1- 4 pm
613-596-5626

*First come, first served basis

 Vanier CSC

290 Dupuis St.
12:30 - 2:30 pm
613-744-2892

*First come, first served basis

Ď

 

 Orléans-Cumberland CRC

105-240 Centrum Blvd.
9 am - noon
613-830-4357

*First come, first served basis

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