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Healthy Smiles Ontario: Free Dental Care for Qualifying Children and Youth
2016-11-28

The Eastern Ontario Health Unit (EOHU) is reminding the public about Healthy Smiles Ontario. The program offers free preventive, routine, and emergency dental services to children and youth aged 17 and under from low-income households.

The government-funded program includes regular visits to a licensed dental provider and covers the cost of treatment including check-ups, cleaning, cavity fillings, x-rays, scaling, tooth extraction and urgent or emergency dental care, such as treatment of a child’s toothache or tooth pain.

Good oral health plays an important role in children and youth’s overall level of health and wellness. That’s why children should see a dentist for the first time at 12 months and keep going regularly afterwards.

Regularly going to the dentist will ensure children don’t suffer from painful cavities and gum disease that can lead to serious infections and affect the growth of adult teeth. “Pain caused by oral health problems can cause loss of sleep and affect a child’s ability to eat,” states Dr. Paul Roumeliotis, Medical Officer of Health at the EOHU, adding that “it can also affect their ability to learn and attend school.”

Children and youth are eligible for the program if they’re aged 17 and under, live in Ontario, and come from a household that meets the program’s income eligibility requirements.

Parents can enroll their children and youth in the program online or by mail. When their child’s enrollment is confirmed, they’ll receive a Healthy Smiles Ontario dental card in the mail. Parents must present the card to their children’s dental provider at each visit to receive services under the program.

For more information about Healthy Smiles Ontario, contact the EOHU at 613-933-1375 or at 1 800 267-7120 and ask for Health Line. Visit our website at www.eohu.ca. You can also visit Healthy Smiles Ontario’s website at www.ontario.ca/page/get-dental-care.
 
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